DayBreaks for 11/04/15: The Effort to Get Home
From the DayBreaks archive, 11/04/05:
BIZARRE NEWS – Wednesday, December 29, 2004 – FORT VALLEY, Ga. – “Some people will do anything to get home to their family. One man walked almost two miles with a bullet hole in his head to die surrounded by loved ones if that was his fate. Larry Taylor had been walking to a friend’s house when a man came up to him and asked to use his cell phone. When Taylor said no, the robber pulled out a gun and shot him in the head. Bleeding severely from the wound, Taylor stumbled through the streets until he made it to his mother’s house, only to discover she had moved to a nursing home. After all this, Taylor was finally reunited with his family and was able to spend Christmas recovering from the trauma.”
All I can say is that Mr. Taylor must be one pretty tough dude. I’m sure that the thing that kept him going must have been his motivation to be at home with his family. With each step, he must have wondered if he’d see them again, if he could hang on and make it home before he died. I can’t imagine the reaction of the people who were living in his mother’s home – and his disappointment at not finding his mother there. Still, there seem to be some lessons here:
FIRST: We would do well to emulate Mr. Taylor’s desire to get “home.” He was clearly a driven man – a clear goal and destination kept calling him onward in spite of the pain. We are encouraged again and again by Scripture to “persevere” and “keep pressing on” in order that we can arrive safely at our destination. Clearly, our efforts to make our way home can flag when we get tired or discouraged, and our motivation sags with the result that we lose sight of what was once so precious to us. We need to hang tough – like Mr. Taylor. The effort to get home may be monumental – but it is worth it. No, we’re not saved by our works…but we were created for “good works in Christ”…and that takes effort!
SECOND: This world is full of disappointments. Mr. Taylor must have been grievously disappointed when he got to where his mom lived only to find she’d moved! It made me wonder about the relationship between Mr. Taylor and his mother. But even though we are still sorely disappointed at times in life, just as Mr. Taylor found someone to help him, so we, too, find the One who wants to help us.
THIRD: Mr. Taylor was bleeding severely as he trod the path homeward. Jesus bled profusely as he trod a pathway, too…the one up Calvary, not so that He could get home, but so that we could get there.
Rev. 12:10-11 (NLT) –Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, ‘It has happened at last — the salvation and power and kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ! For the Accuser has been thrown down to earth — the one who accused our brothers and sisters before our God day and night. And they have defeated him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of their testimony. And they were not afraid to die.’
TODAY’S PRAYER: Father, help us to remember the path that Jesus walked in order to ensure that we could safely reach home. Give us the strength for each day that we can hang in there as we make our way through life, and let us be available to help those who are stumbling through this life’s journey. In Jesus’ name, Amen.