I finally found a parking place downtown. Regretfully, the spot I found was a couple of blocks away from the restaurant. I thought the walk would not be difficult, boy was I wrong.
Instead of walking to the corner to cross the street, I decided to jay-walk thinking I could save a couple of seconds if I just crossed right there. That was my first mistake.
Mistake number two followed quickly. I neglected to look back to the intersection one more time. If I had, I might have seen him. But I did not look, so I did not see him. Honestly, I think he ran the stop sign, but I have no proof. All I really know is that I heard him before I saw him in his large truck with dark tinted windows. By then I was already half-way across his lane, right in his path! I thought I could hurry across and let him pass behind me, but he swerved right to avoid me putting us on intersecting paths. I stopped in my tracks, made a beautiful cut that a college running back would envy and headed back toward my truck. However, just as I reacted to avoid him, he swerved back to his left to avoid me, not knowing I had turned around. I froze in place, not knowing what to do. Then I heard the sound of anti-lock brakes and his tires grab the road. He came to a sudden stop only inches from me.
Then the situation intensified. He rolled down the driver’s side window and I knew he was angry! I worried about what he might say or do. I was ready to apologize and admit my fault. Then this squirrel leaned out the window and yelled, “It’s not as easy as it looks is it!”
I know you are thinking, “Slow down on the coffee this morning, buddy.” You know this story is not true, I don’t jay-walk.* The squirrel’s point is still valid. The proverb often attributed as an Native American proverb is still true, “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his moccasins.”
Today consider what others might be going through that lead to the choices they made or attitude they display. Allow them some grace from you. That unruly customer may be under stress at home or work. That obnoxious co-worker may have a family member struggling with cancer, or maybe they received a diagnosis themselves and have not told anyone.
Possibly, just maybe, Jesus had things like this in mind when He said, “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them. ” (Matt 7:12).
*Okay, squirrels don’t drive, but if they did. . .