hit the light pole
September 14, 2011
I just had the opportunity to catch up with my son outside our Sumner Starbucks. As we were talking I noticed across the street in the adjacent parking lot that some contractors were cutting up the concrete and made a remark about it. My son proceeds to tell me what they were doing and why. Apparently they had to replace the parking lot light pole because a gentleman ran his SUV into it. He had just dropped off his son at the school and started to depart but while the car was moving he bent over and tried to retrieve something from the floor of his vehicle and lost track of where his vehicle was heading and smashed into the light pole going about 20 mph.
Needless to say the gentleman suffered a severe gash to the head but worse was the embarrassment of crashing into a stationary object, the light pole. My understanding is he will be fine physically and the wound on his head will heal up but the bruised ego may last a bit longer.
And as I was think of the embarrassment of having to tell everyone that you crashed into a parking light pole I had this thought. How often in life have we gotten distracted by life itself and instead of allowing the light pole to guide us we crashed into them. I think God puts light poles along the way to guide us but sometime we choose to crash into them.
God intends to light our way but if need be he will also use those light poles to stop us.
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" Psalm 119:105