The other day I was driving home from work thinking about my day and just driving. You know in that zone. I’ve been driving for 23 years so driving is automatic. I wasn’t texting (I don’t text and drive), I wasn’t on my phone, I probably was singing, but I was driving.
All of the sudden I heard someone frantically blowing their horn. I could not for the life of me figure out where it was coming from. Then I figured it out – it was someone blowing their horn at me. I was about to run them off the road. I went to pass an 18-wheeler and could not for the life of me figure out where this car came from. Of course, I got past the 18-wheeler and immediately pulled over. The driver shot me a bird (I expected that) even though I tried to apologize but then he pulled over in front of me and slammed on his brakes. I almost rear ended him. That was even less expected than the bird.
Yesterday on my way home from work I realized that I have a huge blind spot in my van. I adjusted my mirrors to no avail. I will really have to be careful merging left because if I look in my mirror and the car is beside me I cannot see it.
I was thinking about that whole situation this morning on the way to work as I was merging into traffic on the Smokey Park Bridge. How do we prepare for blind spots? You know, the times in our lives when the tragic or unexpected comes along and we are completely blindsided. Like when someone close to us is diagnosed with cancer, or we are diagnosed with cancer or another potentially terminal illness or when someone close to us dies or is in a serious accident or maybe our husband is diagnosed with cirrhosis. I know we immediately ask for prayer, but are we thinking ahead? We know that Eve ate the apple releasing chaos into a perfect world. How do we prepare for that chaos in our lives?
I think that is what 1 Thessalonians 5:17 is referring to. I don’t think we are meant to always be spouting scripture or sounding religious like the Pharisee. We can pray without anyone even knowing we are praying. In the old days it was called being prayed up. I don’t think we can always be prepared for everything that is going to happen; however, our relationship with our Father can be so full of trust that we can rely on Him in the midst of any storm and know that we are washed by the water.
Pray without ceasing.