THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD

It was an early Thursday morning, around 6:45am. Seven of us were packed into our old Toyota Land Cruiser, that is nearly my age, headed for Jinja. Well now that I think about it, she is not really THAT old after all. Anyway, I took a right hand turn onto the main road by our house and stayed in the right lane going up a hill. All of a sudden (because everything that happens in really good stories starts with "all of a sudden") a car was coming around the bend of the hill in my lane, and if one of us did not move we were going to have a head on collision. My first thought was, "oh no, get out of my lane!" Then I realized, that I was actually the one in his lane, and immediately turned the wheel to the left and avoided, what could have been, a very bad morning.  If you could not already tell, it is Natasha who is telling this tale.

Autopilot. To do something on autopilot is to do something without focusing on it, without really thinking about what is happening. For me this meant literally driving on the right side of the road, which I have been doing for twelve years! In East Africa, we drive on the left side of the road, and I have not yet had one issue since I have been driving here (about seven months) until last Thursday morning. The year we lived in Kenya, I did not drive. The thought honestly terrified me in the beginning. But when we moved to Kampala, Charlton and I were both in agreeance that driving would be really good for me. I enjoy running errands, and taking the children with me to the grocery store. It is nice to have the freedom to drive to the doctors office or, in this case, make a fun trip to Jinja to love on some children, and teach a women's bible study. As much as we try to live life as a family, and that means involving our children in different serving opportunities, that can not always happen. The reason that I am sharing this very humbling story with the world, is because it is a really great teachable moment in action about our pilgrim journey, and the kingdom of God.
 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
 -Hebrews 12:28

"Remember the present active participle indicating continuing action. We must be a people never thinking we have arrived, never thinking we have somehow restored the Kingdom. Instead we must be a humble people ever open to God showing us new understandings and bringing the kingdom life to us in fresh ways." This quote comes from a book we are currently reading as a fellowship called The Marvelous Kingdom of God. That quote really just sums up my thought process perfectly. We must be open to think in ways that we have not thought about before, and do things in ways that we have not done before. When I drive, I have to actively think in a new way, process new information, and apply the context of where I am at to my current situation. For me to think that the other driver was automatically in the wrong was presumptuous and inaccurate. If I had not realized my mistake, it would have been disastrous! As people of God, we can not just assume that we are always right, and what is directly in our path is wrong. We must discern the different situation put in front of us. For we know that even satan disguised himself as an angel of light. We can not be stubborn and stuck in our old ways, or we cannot continue receiving more of the Kingdom. 




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