I spotted something this morning that really made me think.
I was just getting into my car (to go and do the shopping) when a car passed me with it’s boot wide open. I followed him down the road and could see no large or unusual load, just the boot had been left open.
As I parked, I could see the driver of the other vehicle had already parked and was walking to the shop when somebody stopped him and pointed to the open boot. The driver scurried back and closed it.
I could almost imagine him driving down the road thinking “crumbs the roads are a bit noisy today” or, maybe,he turned the radio up in order to drown out the background noise. Or, more likely, he did not notice anything at all
I am not picking on the driver because, let’s face it, we have all done something a bit daft on occasion. I have the capacity to do something daft when I am more tired than usual or, my mind is elsewhere.
It reminded me of one of the saddest verses in the Bible. It concerns a character called Samson. Samson has grown up with faith, grown up with the knowledge that he is set apart for a special task (he was one of that fascinating group known as “Judges” in the time before the people of Israel had a king). Yet, for all his qualities, Samson was a man with “issues” (nicest way I could think of putting it!). Samson seeks to satisfy his needs in any way he can find and, the Bible says;
But he did not know that the Lord had left him. (Judges 16 vs. 20)
Now, I don’t think that God had given up on Samson (later in the story Samson cries out to God and God responds). I think these words mean that Samson had “sleepwalked” (sleptwalked?) away from where he should have been.
I know, in my own journey, there have been times when I have been doing a bit of ‘sleepwalking’. Like the driver this morning, I have needed somebody to point out to me where I have gone wrong and point me back in the right direction. The words of Jeremiah;
This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6 vs. 16)
I know I am not the only one. We all have the capacity to do a bit of ‘sleepwalking’ and, maybe, you are doing some at the moment. Would you allow these words to point you back today? I do so, not out of a sense of superiority, but as a fellow sleepwalker.