DayBreaks for 3/3/20: Peephole Driving
From the DayBreaks archive, February 2010:
Let me say first of all that I’ve been guilty of this:
As winter approached, USA Today writer Larry Copeland wrote a story about the danger of “peephole” driving. Anyone who lives in the frozen north has likely been a peephole driver at some point (GCD: I did it in Maine and have even done it on frosty mornings here in California!) You’re in a hurry to get somewhere and when you go out into the cold you discover your car is encased in a layer of snow, ice or frost from a storm. You put the keys in the car, crank on the ignition, and turn up the heater and defroster (that is, if you can even get in your car – one time in Maine it had warmed up enough that the snow somewhat melted from the roof of my truck and then refroze, sealing my doors tightly shut!) Then, tired of waiting, you get out your scraper (credit cards work well in lieu of a scraper) and battle to scratch out a clear space on your windshield. After a few minutes your fingers are frozen and you’ve only managed to clear out an opening the size of a small pizza. Shivering and miserable, you realize this will take 10 more minutes but you don’t have enough time, so you move to the rear window and scrape off a smaller opening the size of a smaller personal pizza and do something similar to the side windows. Then, desperate to get going so you reach your destination on time, you throw caution to the freezing wind and get in the car and drive away.
Then it hits you: you can barely see. You have blind spots all over because of the frost that still covers 90% of your windows. Scared, you drive slowly and lean up close to the windshield and peer out your peephole, hoping against hope that you don’t run into anyone before the heater and defrosters melt more of the ice away from your windows. Worse yet, as you peer out your peephole, you notice that other drivers are peering out their peepholes!
Copeland’s article ends with this warning from the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles: “Peephole driving is an invitation to disaster.”
Peephole driving is a metaphor for trying to go through life with limited knowledge and wisdom of God’s Word. Since one is in too much of a rush to get on with life, we may scratch a bit at the Word, but hurriedly pile into the car and head off. The problem is that as a result of not having enough time in the Word, we lack wisdom and suffer from the limitations and inevitable pain that come from not knowing the Scriptures when if we had known them, we would have been able to avoid the car-wrecks of life in many cases.
Have you been trying to steer your own life based on your own limited perception of what is real and what really works? If so, wait upon the Lord, let Him give you a full-field view of reality and truth so you don’t wind up in the ditch.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalms 119:105
PRAYER: We need to see You and believe in Your wisdom, Lord. Help us to persevere in the study of Your Word which gives light unto our pathway! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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