Take this morning.
Rush hour traffic can be a wonderful example of unity in action. When things are normal, we all get a little hot under the collar with traffic jams and dodging road-ragers. But I have always been fascinated how the early morning crowd somehow seems to watch out for each other in bad weather and other mutually challenging moments.
Today, the sunrise was a giant ball of fire positioned directly behind a major intersection that faces due east, right where the sun is at this time of year, as the equinox approaches. Not only does the intersection have photo radar that makes everyone jumpy anyway, not wanting a special deliver from Big Brother, but there is major pavement milling going on, so the dust is choking and makes the glare of the sun all the worse. The traffic signal simply could not be seen!
As I squinted ahead to make sure I did not hit the car in front of me, I noticed that everyone had slowed down and left more stopping distance between each car, and the usual speedsters were also in synch. Why? No one wanted to be in a multi-car crash, so they watched out for each other!
So we were all late for the train and I was tenth in a line of cars that have to execute a U-turn to get to the train station. No chance I will make it today, until a big, burly, cigar-chomping cowboy in a beat-up pick-up chose to let all of us do the U-turn even though he had the right of way! I saluted him and he saluted back. I smiled all the way to the office. He seemed to just know this was an unusually long line and he did us all a huge favor – I caught the train just barely. The Golden Rule made possible by rush-hour unity.
Please remember that while driving this weekend, as we pause from posting to share some family time in Nebraska.
Unity is sharing the road, caring for each other, not wanting to be in a wreck – and that goes for the church as well!