When Our Rendezvous With God…Is Only An Intersection Away!


This past week my wife was in a car accident when another driver ran a red light and broadsided her at an intersection. As I drove to the scene, I started imagining the tragic possibilities. Lives can be changed in fractions of seconds, and fortunately for my wife, a half of a second in time made the difference in the outcome. Thankfully, she was just shook up, not injured. But the course of both her and my life would have been vastly different had she been a little further out in the intersection.

A few years ago, a tragic auto accident took a young mother’s life.  The accident occurred at a local intersection that I pass through daily. Taken in the prime of life, I assume this young woman had grand plans for her future. I am sure she had no idea of the impending doom that awaited her that afternoon as she approached that intersection. The agony of loved ones’ loss is something I feel through the prism of empathy,  as I, too, lost a brother-in-law to such a tragedy. I am sure their hope in a blessed reunion, as does mine, lies in the belief in the valid nature of the sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Every day when I go through that intersection, I can’t help but think of this young mother and that she lost her life at that very location. Its sight drives me to reflect on the fragile nature of mortality and events that alter our lives in the blink of an eye. I am reminded of the teachings of Jesus Christ found in the twelfth chapter of Luke.  Therein he taught:

“The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

May we be rich toward God and remember the essential things of life.  It is so easy to get caught up in the things of this world.  If we are not careful, temporal things can consume a disproportionate amount of our God-given time.  But life, by plan, is very fragile and temporary. So let us not forget that plans for bigger barns and lavish living can quickly be erased when our rendezvous with God is only an intersection away.

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