Yielding to the Right Way
If you know me, you know that I am married to one of the Safety Officers for the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department. My husband serves our community and has for over 30 years. Tommy and I are empty-nesters. Enough time has passed that we’ve made the adjustment from being full-time parents to returning to being a full-time couple. Don’t get me wrong. We love our sons. We’ve simply moved on with our lives and we are building our fortune. We are very proud of them for moving out and making their own money. <wink>
Since we are a child-free home, I often accompany my husband on fire calls. It’s very exciting. I had to learn the rules: Stay in the truck at the scene; do not touch the sirens or the radio (rats!); and do not take pictures at the scene due to privacy laws (oops…). Oh, one more – don’t play on the iPad in the truck (double rats!).
There is sense of community when hearing the sirens, watching the red flashing lights, observing him press the air horn allowing us to gently enter and proceed through an intersection. (Remember, he’s the Safety Officer, so I feel very safe.) We are given the right of way as vehicles move to the side of the road allowing us to make our way to the person in need. Unfortunately, not everyone moves over.
Some seem to think that moving over isn’t necessary. Perhaps they don’t want to take time out of their trip to move over? Maybe they don’t see the flashing red lights and hear the blaring sirens? Perhaps they simply don’t care. Over the years, less and less people move over.
Life is very much like a fire call where we often need to run emergency traffic. Someone somewhere needs help. There are those of us willing to get up and respond. The Bible repeatedly talks about God’s desire for His people to be responsive and compassionate. Christ said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to set the captives free and recovery of sight to the blind; to set free the oppressed and announce that the time has come when the Lord will save all his people.” Luke 4:18-19
The Apostle Paul taught the Early Church the importance of charity and compassion. He told the Early Church, “Share your belongings with your needy fellow Christians, and open your home to strangers.” Romans 12:13
He instructed the Christians at Corinth saying, “None of you should be looking out for your own interests, but for the interests of others.” 1 Corinthians 10:24
Here is one of my favorite verses on Christian compassion: “Rich people who see a brother or sister in need, yet close their hearts against them, cannot claim that they love God.” 1 John 3:17
It appears to me that God’s people have somehow forgotten that we are often called out to run emergency traffic. He expects us to love, to give, to help, and to show deep compassion for those in need. God expects us to yield to the right way. As time goes on, it appears that less and less of God’s people are willing to yield.