Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

October 13, 2010

Runaway Car!

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Panic? Prayer? What happens when a child is alone in a runaway car?  For the background, stop and read my blog,  Angels at Christmas, www.lawsonjolly.com/2009/12/19 

My perspective and thoughts seem to have different views of events as I get older.  This event in my life as a young boy is one of those.  My focus in telling the story has always been the intervention of God in my life on that day.  I have always suggested it was God’s protection through His omnipresence, His omnipotence, or His angels.  I perhaps need to learn the lesson that came through the action of my mother.

Imagine your son in a car, going backwards, downhill, and through busy traffic at an intersection.  What would one do in recognizing the danger and seemingly tragic results?

As the car began to roll down that hill, my father, with a prayer in his heart, raced from the porch to try to catch up with the car.  It was not possible.  As neighbors saw what was happening, other men left their front porches to try to intervene.  Again, it was not possible.

My cousin, I am told, jumped to her feet from the swing, and began to scream!  The next door neighbor did the same.  There was panic among those who were witnessing this event and what they all were sure would be a tragedy.

But there was another lady sitting on the porch as the event began.  It was my mother.  When others raced to catch the car, or stood in a panic and screamed, my mother stepped just inside the front door of our home, dropped to her knees, and began to pray.  I don’t recall her telling me in later years what she prayed.  She may not even have remembered in the urgency of her call to God.  But, without question, she was asking her Heavenly Father to protect me.  Whatever the words, the intention of the request from her heart and mind was understood by her God.

Isn’t her example what should be our response in such a moment of crisis?  But are we prone to panic?  And in our panic we scream, wrench our hands, cry, pace, or become immobile.  We can sometimes freeze and not know what to do.  And prayer . . . do we finally think to reach out to the Father?  I fear that too often, whether in crisis or decisions, prayer is our last resort!

I have meditated on the action of my mother that day.  While all others exhibited what would be considered a natural reaction, my mother demonstrated a reaction contrary to the natural.  And isn’t that what would be expected of one who claims to be a child of God?  In all situations, should we call out to the Father first?

I believe that the reaction of my mother to cry out to God, first and foremost,  in times of need beyond her ability is a witness of a lifestyle of faith.  Oh, may I live that way! 

“The Lord is near to all who call upon him.”  (Isaiah 145:18)  “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears attentive to their cry.”  (Psalm 34:15)  “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from their troubles.”  (Psalm 34:17)

Lawson

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