The other day while driving on the freeway, a large semi passed me on the right. A bumper sticker caught my attention. Without Trucks America Stops. But without God, LIFE stops, I thought. And a lot more than trucks would be affected.
Isn’t it interesting how self-serving human beings are? In one way or another we seem to believe we’re essential––invincible, even. But then comes that moment of awareness when we realize we’re nothing without the Lord. The moment when life delivers a blow to our health, to our finances, to our relationships, to our egos. Then we’re on our knees in a split second, asking God to protect and restore us.
I had such a moment not long ago. I had just finished giving a talk to a group of ‘seniors’ and I felt pretty good about it. I was pleased with my outfit, the tone of my voice, the fact that I remembered everything I wanted to say without relying on notes.
I saw a few women dab their eyes as I shared my life story of how God had rescued me after divorce, near financial ruin, and health challenges. I had also bounced back from feeling small, skinny, and not very pretty as a child.
One woman in particular seemed to take in every word I said. When the event was over, I stood at the door to shake hands and thank the guests for coming. She pulled me aside, adjusted her wide-brimmed straw hat, looked both ways, and then leaned in. I didn’t know what was coming but I was interested. “Honey,” she said, sounding like a mother to a teenager, “You may not be the prettiest thing on the block, but you’re a darn good speaker.” With that she unclasped her hand and slipped through the doorway.
I didn’t know whether to smile or sob. But then I remembered that without feedback my speaking career is over. I need to hear from people so I’m able to remain fresh and alert––and humble. So I accepted her well-meaning message and came down to earth—where I needed to be. The world would not stop if I quit speaking, I told myself, anymore than America would stop without trucks. But without God and His love, LIFE in all its fullness certainly would.
. . . but with humility comes wisdom (Prov. 11:2).