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Too Busy to Look Up

I had a near miss today while driving to pick up my son and niece from school. One of those harrowing, nerve-shattering, mind-frazzling near misses that makes you run through all of the alternate scenarios that could have occurred had you been one second earlier or late in reacting.

I was stopped at a light with my infant son in his car seat in the back, waiting for it to change green. As is my habit, I waited a just a moment to go when it changed. You know. Just in case. As I put my foot on the gas pedal, my engine began to rev, and the four wheels of my vehicle began to turn. My eyes were focused directly ahead on the road in front of me, when suddenly, something said to look up. Out of the corner of my eye, to my left I see a silver SUV run the red light, coming full speed toward us, its driver distracted, and unaware of the impending danger. 

To this moment, all I can say is “Thank you Jesus!” I stopped just in time for the car to pass directly in front of us, its driver, to this moment, still potentially unaware of the damage he might have caused. All because he was too busy to look up.

And as upset as I might have been at that driver in that moment, I was quickly reminded of all the times that I have been rushing to get where I was going, more concerned about the meeting I was running late to than about the destinations of those around me, or the precious cargo they carried with them. And though, to the best of my knowledge, I did not run a red light and nearly hit someone, I’m sure that I have been less than considerate to another driver patiently obeying the rules of the road. But today, I am so glad that I was not too busy to look up. My mind was not so crowded that it ignored the voice that was the saving grace to myself and my son in this moment.

I am also reminded of the many times in life that we are simply too busy to “look up”. Psalm 121:1&2 says “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” Yet how often do we start about the busy-ness and business of the day, neglecting to give God a moment of thanks for allowing us to see a new day? We often fail to take a moment to speak with Him about the day ahead, and seek Him for His direction, His strength, His grace to make it through. 

And then we have near misses. You know, those moments where we almost through in the towel, almost lose our temper with someone, almost tell our bosses that we quit, almost put an end to our marriage or destroy relationships that we really do treasure. Failing to see what the other person is struggling with, ignoring the needs of those around us, missing the trail of destruction we might be leaving in our wake. We simply cannot be so busy that we forget to look up to God, because He alone is our source, our strength, our portion forever.

Don’t be too busy to look up. You’ll cause the best of life to pass you by. Or you’ll bring it to an end long before its time.

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