Awakening a Keen Observer

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Rainy travel

On the way to the retreat for Pastors of Small Membership Churches Ann and I were washed in a really torrential rain storm. Even in the daylight it was hard to see where the road was going. But there was a truck ahead of us. An 18 wheeler and it's lights on the top of the back became a guide in the really heavy rain. We all slowed down and drove carefully but we figured as long as we could follow where these lights went at an appropriate distance we would be safe moving through the storm than trying to sit on the side and wait it out.
Last night coming home from a long meeting it was dark and rain began again to fall. It was different though because it was really hard to see in the dark. There wasn't much lightening, just a lot of rain.
And then there was a truck ahead of me so I slowed down and followed it through the worst patches of the rainstorm. It was again it's lights that were leading me though this road was straight. It really helped.
And in both cases it helped to know that the road that I was on was not one that I was on alone. That there was someone ahead. Always ahead. And that they had a different view, angle on the situation and were going along ok.
We have to choose who we follow when the way gets rainy or stormy. We have to take care in knowing the lights are from a reliable source. Most of all we are not to fear.
I remember the adv campaign NO FEAR. O may that be true.

William Slone Coffin in his wonderful book CREDO Quotes the Bible 1 Cor 13:13
"And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three, and the greatest of these is love. Jesus thou art all compassion. Pure unbounded love thou art, Vist us with thy salvation, enter every trembling heart. (John Wesley)"

I believe it
God Abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey


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