When bad things happen to us, it is easy to jump to conclusions. A young executive made his way home after buying a new Jaguar F-Type convertible. He noticed a child standing by the roadside. Then a brick crashed through his passenger-side window.
The businessman slammed on his brakes and rushed out of his car. He thought, Doesn’t this kid know any better than to play games like this? I’m going to teach him a lesson he won’t forget. He lifted up the child by his collar until he was inches from his face. “Kid, what kind of prank were you trying to pull? It wasn’t very funny, and it’s going to cost you.”
“Mister, it was the only way I could get your attention. None of the other cars would stop. My brother fell from his wheelchair into the gutter, and he needs help.”
The businessman slowly lowered the child to the ground and followed him to an empty wheelchair. There in the dirt lay the child’s dirty, bruised, and helpless brother. The executive helped the child’s brother back to his wheelchair, cleaned him up, and then he went on his way. That day, the businessman learned never to judge others without first getting all the facts.
When we jump to conclusions without getting all the information, the landing may be painful. It often takes time to think through the information we receive before we are ready to respond. Once we take time to think, we may reach a difficult conclusion: we were wrong.
Sometimes God has to use a brick thrown through our window so we will realize this.
One Author wrote, “God is in the business of transforming us to the image of His Son, Jesus. Skillfully, He uses situations, and sometimes even other people, to sand off our rough edges. He allows things in our lives that become painful reminders that we aren’t always right, that we don’t always have it figured out, that we are human, and that we often need to keep silent about everything we think we know or should share.”
The sooner we come to realize this truth, the better.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder