It was a doozy.
My Tuesday morning started with a friendly text that read, “I-65 North is closed. Bad wreck.”
There goes my morning was my first thought as I drifted down into the abyss of my human flesh – where concern for my coffee appointment superceded concern for the family involved in the wreck.
When I settled in for the two hour commute (normally 25 minutes), I kind of forced myself into a “sit back and observe” mentality. And almost every possible response of human kind to the traffic jam could be seen.
- The “Whatever It Takes” driver – the one that will drive through the median or on the shoulder if they have to.
- The “Not On My Watch” driver – the one who will put their car right in the way of the “Whatever It Takes” guy out of a sense of justice. You can hear their thoughts – “We’re all in this mess buddy. Get in line!”
Or, how about,
- The “Nervous Ned” driver – the one who keeps changing lanes and looking for the slightest opening to gain 10 yards. Be honest – you laugh when he gets caught in the wrong lane and you pass him again for the third time.
Then you’ve got,
- The “Cool Hand Luke” driver – the one who just sits a little lower in his seat and looks like he is listening to jazz and nodding off.
- The “Pharisee” – the one who is thinking to himself, “I’m too spiritual to be bothered by this – I wish all these people were more like me.”
The truth is… I’ve been everyone of those at one time or another.
But, what would the “I Corinthians” driver think like? How about,
- “God – I don’t know the folks in the wreck, but would you invade their awful day and demonstrate your power”? (putting others first)
- “Sure, (to the car wanting to merge) you can get in front of me – I know you’ll be stuck in that lane for the next 30 minutes if someone doesn’t let you in.” (showing grace)
- “That person zooming past the stuck traffic might have some sort of medical emergency – Lord, keep them safe and help them get there.” (giving the benefit of the doubt to someone)
What if we could apply the same mind to the inconveniences of our lives – the times we get “stuck” because of a problem of some kind? Or when something doesn’t go our way?
I need to read I Corinthians 13 about 20 times a day. Because I get “stuck” in traffic jams way too often. How about you?
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book. In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family. Mike can be found on Twitter @MikeHarlandLW and on facebook.com/Mike.Harland.37.