Racing At Breakneck Speed
You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.
I have commented before how quickly time sees to be speeding by, especially now that I am getting older. The first quarter of 2014 is history and so is the opportunity we may have been given to make our mark in some way. I know that I often become so focused on the journey at hand that I miss the many beautiful things that I pass along the way. I can not even remember the last time I took a ride just to enjoy God’s beauty. Even this very second I am riding in the car, Dan’s driving and instead of conversation with him or enjoying the sights, I am writing this sentence!
There are people out there who know just how precious every second is in life. Usually they have discovered this because they learned this lesson too late. All it takes is missing out on some fantastic, once in a lifetime opportunity or losing someone near and dear to illness or death. But at this point that knowledge is a bitter-sweet reminder of lost days and we find ourselves mourning the passing of these lost opportunities!
Because we may never have another opportunity, we should savor every moment with those we love. We must spend time and do things and not sit back and wait for the magic to suddenly appear. The magic is there….everywhere around us….just waiting for the moment we discover its presence, and the time we reach out with both hands to seize the opportunity.
A special story has made the rounds through the internet. Yesterday was not the first time I had read this story, nor, I am certain, will it be the last. For it seems to me that messages with a moral lesson find themselves constantly re-entering our lives. And being reminded in this way, every so often, is a very good and necessary thing!
A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.
As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown.
The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, ‘What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That’s a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?’
The young boy was apologetic. ‘Please, mister…please, I’m sorry but I didn’t know what else to do,’ He pleaded. ‘I threw the brick because no one else would stop….’ With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. ‘It’s my brother, ‘he said ‘He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.’
Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, ‘Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.’
Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat… He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay.
‘Thank you and may God bless you,’ the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.
It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: ‘Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!’
God’s whisper touches our soul and speaks to our heart. His whisper reminds us to never forget the little things that matter. Sometimes when we don’t have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. He is just sending us a reminder….a little nudge! Whether or not we decide to listen is completely our choice!
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Philippians 4:8 ESV
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