Saturday, September 27, 2014

On My Blind Side

I glance at my car's rear view mirror. The lane next to me appears clear. I swerve only to hear the honk of a car and the screech of its brakes. I jerk the wheel to straighten. My head turns. A black truck's front bumper is even with my back one, perfectly placed on my blind side. I escaped an accident.

My husband wasn't so lucky. About two years ago, he exited a freeway. As he neared the end, he looked behind him. A hundred feet away, a red light held back cars. No one was headed toward him. He stepped on the accelerator to cross the access road to a station. The light turned. A driver pounced on the gas. The car hit the back side of my husband's truck. Again, it got lost on his blind side.


I find that, as a Christian, I resist the outright sins like stealing and blasphemy. But, what about those on my blind side?

Sneaky sins catch up in much the same manner as an accelerating car barreling toward my rear bumper. God gives us insight onto some of those sneaky sins.

     And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. Luke: 21:34

Quote from Divine Dining:

    I understand drunkenness.
    Cares of this life can catch any of us. If activities, even good ones, keep us from worshipping and spending time with God, that thing becomes a snare.
     Jesus aims the word surfeiting to people like me. Surfeiting means overindulging, gorging, stuffing even to the point that the word is used for discomfort or nausea. We try to apply this only to people who are overweight, but this applies to everyone at times.

Lord, keep watch on my blind side. Don't let sneaky sins like drunkenness, surfeiting, and cares of this life catch me in a wreck, one that has eternal consequences.

What about you? Have you ever had something sneak up on your blind side, spiritually, or physically?

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