First, thank you to all our veterans for your service! Because of you and those who went before you, America still is the land of the free. And it's certainly the home of the brave.
On the way early this morning to the car dealer in a nearby town, I experienced "rush" hour. It's much worse in the large cities, but this morning's experience re-confirmed my advice in Chapter Five of Walking with God: we need to slow down! So you get to work or school two to five minutes later. Big deal. But you'll be less stressed (leave home five minutes earlier if need be), and most importantly, still alive.
Here's a perfect example. Driving past the university, on a curving portion of a highway with a 45 mph speed limit (which is the speed I was going, plenty fast), a motorcycle ran up behind me; the rider looked agitated. Seconds later, he zipped into the other lane, between cars, and then cut in front of me, with about three feet of clearance. Then he cut back into the other lane and exited into the university. Clearly a student (backpack, MSU shirt), he was in such a rush (at 7:45 am) to get to school he put his life at risk. He literally saved five seconds, at best. But had he miscalculated slightly or lost control when he cut sharply in front of me, he would have been crushed and mangled under my truck. I just shook my head.
All the way to the dealership (30 minute drive), cars were zooming by me going 70 mph or faster (speed limit 65) and tailgating each other. So many people in such a rush. Just last week two local fathers and sons were killed in car wrecks. I don't know the specifics, but it's reasonable to assume speed was a factor.
Folks, slow down, you move too fast (there's that Simon & Garfunkel song again). Savor the drive, the sights, spend the extra energy thinking and reflecting rather than trying to imitate Jeff Gordon, death grip on wheel and furiously looking for an opening to gain a one or two car advantage. The life you save may be your own. Or your child's.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
- Psalm 37:7
Be still, and know that I am God;
- Psalm 46:10