Life has a way of transforming from contemplatively peaceful to potentially dangerous in a matter of seconds.
A narrowed section of roadway lies at the bottom of a long hill which I walk each morning. The shoulders on either side of the section are virtually nonexistent, the sides being bordered by large holes leading into and away from a drainage culvert.
As I neared the section this morning, I saw a car heading toward me about a 1/4 mile away. This was only the second car to interrupt my peacefulness, 30 minutes into my walk. I looked up the hill behind me to make sure all was clear, then crossed the road to give the approaching car more room. A few seconds later, the driver slowed, flashed her lights and waited for a car which had come over the hill behind me. No sooner had these two passed one another, when two more vehicles entered the picture, each approaching from opposite directions. The meeting was completed successfully but only due to both drivers slowing and cautiously approaching the narrowed section which I was trying to quickly navigate. I saw no more vehicles for several minutes after that.
In a matter of seconds, and for just a brief moment, at least 5 lives were thrown together in a circumstance that presented potential danger to all. None of them had purposely planned the encounter, but it happened. Probably few other than I felt endangered, but the risk to all was real.
Thankfully, everything turned out okay.
But the lesson remains. One never knows when the joy of a peace filled day can instantaneously transform into a potentially life-threatening happenstance.
“16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:16-21) ESV
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