Second Thoughts

Today in the waning miles of our early morning bicycle ride, we were witnesses to a near tragedy.  The little fellow momentarily stopped at the side of the road to look both ways. Indeed, his parents had taught him well! Thinking all was clear he raced toward the other side. As he neared the center line, to his horror, he saw the truck speeding toward him.  After pausing for a millisecond of indecision to look back from whence he had come, he abruptly darted directly into the path of the truck. I instinctively closed my eyes.  Upon reopening them the frightened but miraculously unscathed squirrel was making his way into the safety of an open field. His adrenalin charged sprint was surely as fast as his little legs would ever carry him.

So what? What does the squirrel’s near death experience have to do with the time of day? Just this: What nearly got the squirrel killed wasn’t that he decided to cross the highway. What led him to death’s doorway was the fact that after looking and deciding he could make it, he then allowed second thoughts to take control.  In the midst of his crossing, the squirrel paused to look back and to reconsider; the second it took to look back nearly killed him.

From the Biblical account of Lot’s wife taking a backward glance and being turned into a pillar of salt to today’s incident with the squirrel, life is full of folks and lesser creatures that looked back and paid the price. I’m reminded of Davy Crockett’s motto. “Be sure you’re right and then go ahead.”  Or from a Biblical perspective: James 1:6 (NLT) “Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.”



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