Joel 2:12 – That is why the Lord says, "Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me all your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, mourning." (TLB)
Winter is upon us as I write. Fierce winds, heavy snows, pathless streets. Here in Canada, we soldier on, driving where we have to go in spite of what we might encounter on the way. Some will not clean the white stuff from their cars. They are in a hurry. They remind me of the Charlie Brown cartoon character, Pigpen. A white dusty fog billows in every direction around their vehicle, clouding their vision and the vision of others. Other drivers will let the wheel wells in their cars fill with snow that freezes in place, making it difficult to steer. Still we blunder on, because our goal is to get to that destination one way or another.
Why do we continue to make our lives and the lives of others so difficult? Is it because we don't think? It's not that we haven't seen the same bad habits in others. What makes us so special? Why is it all right for us to blur another's path or take chances with the steering?
Why do we sleep in so that our small children miss Sunday School and their opportunity for salvation? Why do we let an unseemly remark go by or laugh at an off-colour joke? We are quick to point things like that out in others. Why are they so hard to see in ourselves?
Prayer: Quickly, Lord God, show us our blind spots. Give us strength to turn away from them so that we will no longer be detouring people from their heavenly destination. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.