DayBreaks for 11/14/17: I Don’t Believe This
NOTE: Galen is traveling.
From the DayBreaks archive, November 2007:
(11-06) 13:47 PST Manson, Wash. (AP) – “Charles and Linda Everson were driving back to their hotel when their minivan was struck by a falling object — a 600-pound cow. The Eversons were unhurt but the cow, which had fallen off a cliff, had to be euthanized.
“The year-old cow fell about 200 feet from the cliff and landed on the hood of the couple’s minivan, causing heavy damage.
“A Chelan County fire chief, Arnold Baker, said the couple missed being killed by a matter of inches in the accident Sunday on a highway near Manson.
“The Eversons, visiting the area from their home in Westland, Mich., to celebrate their first wedding anniversary, were checked at Lake Chelan Community Hospital as a precaution.
“Everson, 49, said he didn’t see the cow falling and didn’t know what happened until afterward. He said he kept repeating: “I don’t believe this. I don’t believe this.”
This story is very similar to one I wrote about a number of years ago where a cow fell from the sky and sank a trawler in the Sea of Japan. But this time, what caught my attention wasn’t the cow or the car or the oddness of the story per se, but the reaction of Mr. Everson. “I don’t believe this. I don’t believe this.” I can picture him saying that over and over (I probably would have, too!), almost as if it were a mantra. Let’s face it, it’s not every day that a cow falls 200 feet onto the hood of your car. Have you ever had it happen to you? I didn’t think so! (It hasn’t happened to me, either!)
Sometimes the collision of reality and our belief about how things are makes a mess of things – especially our minds. It’s as if we’ve decided in advance what can be real and what can’t, and that based on our understanding, reality is limited.
As I read Mr. Everson’s words, “I don’t believe this. I don’t believe this,” I couldn’t help but think about what some folks will say someday when there is a brilliant light up in the clouds, a trumpet blast will pierce the air, and the Almighty and glorious risen Christ will appear. There will be many who will probably start repeating a mantra like Mr. Everson’s: “I don’t believe this. I don’t believe this!” They will shut their eyes and try to cover their ears, all the while muttering to themselves “I don’t believe this. I don’t believe this.” And they may, if they have time, open their eyes to see if it was something they’d just imagined, or if it is still “there”. I’ll tell you now: it’ll still be there – getting closer all the time!
Sadly, our beliefs, wants and wishes don’t define reality. Of course, I can’t prove the Second Coming of Christ to you for one simple reason: it’s not a historic event – at least, not YET. And once it does happen, it will become provable. But at that point it will do no good to try to wish it away or to re-define reality. In the meantime, may we live …circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Eph 5:15-16
PRAYER: Father, help us not to live in the delusions of our own imaginations or in denial of reality. Make Your truth and Your Word to become the basis for all our beliefs, hopes and dreams. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.