Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Road Rage

Wow!!! I was driving home from the grocery store the other day and this man, probably in his seventies, freaks out at me. I saw him turn his flashers on, so I figured that I might as well move around him. The moment I did this he begins yelling at me. He proceeded to drive up along side me and call me every name in the book. I simply ignored him and didn't give him the time of day, which I think upset him even more because he then pulled ahead and moved in front of me into my lane. Well, I didn't know what this guy was going to do, so naturally I switched lanes. He then proceeded to slow down and roll his window down and give me the finger. Now in my head, I was thinking wow, was all this really necessary? Then I stopped and began to think about Christ and how calm he would have been in the situation. While, I did ignore the man, I didn't go out of my way to love on him or to show him Christ through my actions. While, I think every road rage situation is different, I truly believe that we might be faced with situations as the one I just described, merely to see how we respond to them and to help us reflect on our own character and attitude.

5 comments:

DH said...

In retrospect, how do you think you could have loved on this man?

Stephanie said...

Great question!!! I think in retrospect I would have acknowledged the man, instead of ignoring him. I would have also appoligized for whatever he was upset with me about. I mean his window was wide open and the lanes were close enough that he could have heard me had I made an attempt.
I think I did the easy thing, by ignoring him instead of calmly listening and responding.
So, even though it's not much, that is would I would have done differently now that I have had time to reflect on it.

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