When I was driving students home on the bus yesterday I wasn’t really looking for a sermon illustration for Sunday but I got one.
I didn’t see a funnel cloud though I did recognize the colour and cloud formations were dangerous. I’d seen them years ago when a tornado hit our area. I turned the corner and saw before me a wall of cloud and suddenly I was blinded by leaves, branches, rain and hail blowing on the windshield at frightening speed. I could barely see the pavement on the road for the debris, but the rain made it glisten enough that I could follow the trail over the bridge and around the corner. I moved slowly but purposefully trying to get as far away from trees and power lines as I could.
The children were silent but for the one closest to me who said something about, “why are you all acting like this is normal.” He could see what I saw and was frightened. The others were cowering in their seats listening to music on their phones. The one whose house I was closest too was worried about being let off in the rain and hail. I was just worried we even get the half mile down the road to his driveway.
My mission was to get the children in my charge on the school bus home safely. (That is my mission every day.) In an instant I had to chose whether to stand still at the edge of the bridge and wait it out or drive through it. I chose the later. This morning I travelled that same route and, on the spot, where I would have been stopped to wait out the wind was a very large willow which had fallen across the road. It would have crushed us.
In moments like that you follow your gut. It’s not about right or wrong but just sheer gut. I have great faith in God, but I have no understanding of God’s economy. Some decisions I make with great prayer and consideration believing God is in it and it turns out to be a complete disaster. Other decisions I make on the fly like I did yesterday in that storm and it turns out to be an absolute miracle.
If you decide to go to church this week, and I would encourage you to give it a try, you may find the person teaching lesson using these scriptures which are part of the Common Lectionary for the church this week. Hmmm!
- “Some trust in chariots and some in horses but I will trust in the Lord. ” Psalm 20
- “Walk by faith, not sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7