Hoping For That Better Tomorrow
“A good name [is] better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.” (Ecclesiastes 7:1)
It is tough driving for a living. Everybody is in a hurry to go somewhere. Work, shopping, coffee, even home — you name it and you will find people rushing to get there. I often wonder if these same people are similarly rushing through life. I can’t for the life of me figure out why. No matter what one does, you can’t stop the march of time.
So, the other day I was maneuvering my cube van through a supermarket parking lot. In the distance, I spotted a young couple making their way to the front of the store. The two were pushing their stroller with their little baby inside. Watching I thought, “What a great looking young family.” Just then, a car came along. The driver obviously didn’t see them. The couple had to stop walking in order to let the car go by. Not a life threatening situation by any stretch but a little disconcerting for the pedestrians.
All of a sudden the dad stopped and gave the universal sign of displeasure to the driver of the car. But the car in question was going slowly — roughly a half a mile per hour. By now, I was closer to where this action was taking place. I happened to notice the driver of the car. She was an elderly lady driving with what looked like a death grip on the steering wheel.
Whether she should be still driving or not is a whole debate unto itself and one that I’d rather not venture into. But this example sure changed my impression of this young family. Here I was thinking about the importance of family and how these two, with the baby were almost idyllic. Wrong! Instead, I witnessed the reaction of a dad that I thought was classless and rude. If this is the norm, we’ve certainly lost something in our society. Manners, respect, and empathy to name a few.
In fact, it’s too bad. These types of action are definitely not for the better and do very little to make the social fabric better. Huey Long once said “every man a king.” I beg to differ. God did make man in His own image — grant it — and He did give us the power to rule the world. He gave us the power to make decisions and authority over the world. But we are not kings on an island unto itself. Within this earthly realm, there is only one true King. He is the King who created the world and then loved us enough to die on a cross. He who knew no sin became sin and died a painful death so that we may have a chance to live in eternal paradise with our Lord God and Saviour.
I pray that someday that dad has an opportunity to learn about Jesus and His amazing love for us. It would be good for him to know the two commandments Jesus gave while on earth — to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind, and to love one another.