Driving down a country road, I came to a very narrow bridge. In front of the bridge, a
sign was posted: "YIELD." Seeing no oncoming cars, I continued across the bridge
and to my destination. On my way back, I came to the same one-lane bridge, now from the
other direction. To my surprise, I saw another YIELD sign posted. Curious, I thought,
"I'm sure there was one posted on the other side." When I reached the other side
of the bridge I looked back. Sure enough, yield signs had been placed at both ends of the
bridge. Drivers from both directions were requested to give right of way. It was a
reasonable and gracious way of preventing a head-on collision. When the Bible commands
Christians to "be subject to one another" (Ephesians 5:21) it is simply a
reasonable and gracious command to let the other have the right of way and avoid
interpersonal head-on collisions.
Stephen P. Beck.
The captain of the ship looked into the dark night and saw faint lights in the
distance. Immediately he told his signalman to send a message" "Alter your
course 10 degrees south." Promptly a return message was received: "Alter your
course 10 degrees north."
The captain was angered; his command had been ignored. So he sent a second message:
"Alter your course 10 degrees south--I am the captain!" Soon another message was
received: "Alter your course 10 degrees north--I am seaman third class
Jones." Immediately the captain sent a third message, knowing the fear it would evoke:
"Alter your course 10 degrees south--I am a battleship." Then the reply came
"Alter your course 10 degrees north--I am a lighthouse."
In the midst of our dark and foggy times, all sorts of voices are shouting orders into
the night, telling us what to do, how to adjust our lives. Out of the darkness, one voice
signals something quite opposite to the rest--something almost absurd. But the voice
happens to be the Light of the World, and we ignore it at our our peril.
Paul Aiello, Jr.
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