“HOW’S YOUR DRIVING?”
I’m getting ready to take a much needed road trip today. Beginning a trip on a Sunday reminds of another Sunday morning 46 years ago. Our Sikes’ family and the children’s home chorus were traveling 90 miles to Lawton, Oklahoma for a special morning service. The chorus was just ahead of me in the home bus, while I skillfully followed behind, driving our family’s station wagon with Dad sitting in the front seat next to me.
It began to rain, but that posed no problem. I quickly turned on the wipers, feeling a little smug about my 16 year-old abilities to handle any situation. We then came to a hilly stretch of two-lane road. I remember the attitude, “I was born to drive.” The bus passed a slower vehicle and after checking ahead for clearance, I began to follow suit. However, while in the passing lane, I noticed two things instantaneously: 1) I was passing in a “NO PASSING ZONE” and 2) the vehicle I was passing was a police car!
The rest of the story is quite humbling: I received a ticket and we were all late for worship. Why? We had to wait a long time for the tow truck to show up. What tow truck? The one that had to pull us out of the bottom of the ravine because I had temporarily forgotten about the side of the road being so waterlogged! What a slide! My ego and lack of experience contributed to my overlooking every warning signal in the book!
I once read an article by Lindsey Curtis, M.D., entitled, “Seven Warning Signals of a Troubled Marriage.”
- When common courtesies are abandoned.
- When couples begin to think in terms of “I” instead of “We”.
- When they stop complimenting each other.
- When stubborn silence replaces common-sense communication.
- When they stop praying together.
- When they fail to sense and meet the needs of each other.
- When they fail to express love.
HOW’S YOUR DRIVING? God is good. Mr. Steve