‘Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye,
tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.’ Deuteronomy
My city is one of the places where it’s been said several times that those driving there
should go back to driving school to learn how to drive properly. Is it those
that are fond of passing the red traffic light without caring about other
people’s lives? Is it about those who overtake even when the speed kilometre is
maximised at 50? Is it about those who prefer to get engross in telephone
conversation while driving at the same time? I wonder how they will be able to
concentrate on the road!
I was driving out to work this morning, thinking out my plan for the day. I noticed
another car right behind me; and in front of me was a motorbike. We, the trio,
were driving at 50 kilometres. It was obvious we were not violating any rules.
All of a sudden I noticed a car overtook the other car behind me and was going to do the same with me, believing that my front was clear. Unfortunately a minibus was
coming on the other side. So this car was in trouble as it cannot come to my
front without hitting off the man on the motorbike. At the same time it was
just too tight to fit in between me and the motorbike.
I had to step so hard on my brake that I felt every nerve in my body rose to life. I
counted my lucks that I had on my safety belt. I was shocked. I could have had
an accident or whatever. Thousands of thoughts ran through my head at that time
and I just realising that this driver was a very careless person. I mean
someone who never cares about safety.
So I followed him. I honed so hard and continued to follow him. I bet he was afraid
or lost. I made up my mind to attract the police with my action so that this
man can pay for what he did. At a point when we got to a stop, I picked my
phone and snapped his plate number. That was when he stopped and came out,
walking to me. I winded down my glass and listened to his desperate voice.
He kept proving he did nothing wrong even when he returned to his car. As for me I had taken his vehicle matriculation number and I had made up my mind to alert the
police. When we reached another roundabout we spotted the Police on patrol. I
slowed down with the intention of going to them. Then I saw the driver of that
car sped off and what I saw was just pure fear. He was a man but he was not man
I got to the police and one of them was smiling infectiously, waiting for me to talk.
That was when I heard an inner voice warning me to let it go. I felt the heat inside me died out and a kind of empty space was left behind. I knew I was just told it’s
not my duty to get this man into trouble. I knew what awaits him if I had gone
to the Police. He will either lose his points or whatever. Maybe he’s got no
driving license at all!
I smiled back at the police, who now had a puzzled look, before I drove off. By the time I got to my destination whatever resentment I’d felt earlier for this careless
driver had gone. I was curious when I discovered all I felt for his was
compassion. It is easier to get him into trouble but what about pardoning him?
Living a life where everything is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth or a deed for a
deed is not the life of Christ. We are to forgive, to let go and to get rid of
any memories that can hinder our relationship with God. God is love. The kind
of love He has for us is incomparable and if we want to emulate Him, then we
should be ready to forgive without holding anything back in our hearts.
People will hurt us. Friends will make us mad. Family members will deliberately step on our nerves. Colleagues will even betray our confidences. Strangers will spat on our faces. The good news is we’ve got the power to love. The driving force of the
love of God is so strong that if we embrace it willingly we will have peace
with God and with people in our worlds.
If we feel we cannot forgive then let us pause and think of Jesus Christ who freely gave His life so that we might have life, and have it more abundantly. That will
help us to forgive and let go.