Last year I did a series of posts called “Life Lessons from the School Bus.” If you haven’t already, take the time to read some of them – most are pretty good.
But one lesson that I did not include last year was one that nearly cost me dearly. It had to do with missing what was hiding in plain sight.
As you can see in the picture, a typical school bus has two mirrors immediately to the left of the driver window (besides the convex mirror below). With mirrors everywhere, driving is made much safer and easier, even in heavy traffic. What you don’t see is what is on the other side of the mirrors.
This picture at the very spot an accident could have taken place.
I was beginning to exit a gas station directly across the street from another station, and a Hardee’s. I looked in every direction and checked my mirrors. Then, as I started to pull out, an 18-wheeler appeared out of nowhere…directly in front of me! It had been hiding behind the mirrors.
Take a look at the picture. Right behind the top mirror sat a Peterbilt. I never saw it. What saved me was taking my time and being cautious. Had I rushed on forward I may have pulled right into the path of that big truck. Only going slow and expecting the unexpected made the difference.
“Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways” (Haggai 1:5 KJV).
So many tragedies in life could be avoided if only we would take the time to “consider our ways.”
Do we stop to think about where we are going? Do we take the time to make sure there is nothing hidden behind the obvious? Sometimes our judgment can be clouded by the determination to move forward with our plans. Wisdom understands that the Enemy loves to capitalize on things hidden.
How important it is for us to let the Holy Spirit lead us. His unseen hand can guide us around the unseen dangers.