Recently I was riding in a bike lane on a one way downtown street when I saw a guy on a bicycle riding in the bike lane coming toward me. Most bike lanes are not very wide so a serious problem was quickly developing. There is a natural scientific physical law most of us are familiar with … two objects can not occupy the same space at the same time. Something has to give. Yes, I was in the right of way. I was going the correct direction on this one way street. The bicyclist was going the wrong way. But ya know, the fact that the law was on my side didn’t really matter. We were about to collide and something needed to be done to avoid it. Fortunately there was no traffic nearby so I was able to ride over into the adjacent lane to avoid a collision.
Now I did not appreciate what this guy did. He was clearly in the wrong and in violation of the law. I guess what bothers me the most about this is how he conducted himself. He showed no sign of it bothering him. He will no doubt continue to do this sort of thing. I just hope he doesn’t end up causing injury or worse to others. Just one street over is another one way street going the other direction. It also has a bike lane and he could have and should have been riding there if he wanted to go that direction.
Why would he do this you might ask. I know it certainly comes into my mind. Surely he knows it is wrong and against the law. Surely he knows that he is endangering lives by doing this. He obviously doesn’t care. How can this be? How can someone be like that?
We as humans are an interesting lot. We not only come in all manner of shapes and sizes and even in a few different colors. We speak multiple languages and have numerous different cultures making us unique and different from each other. Yet in all of the differences that might exist we all share one thing in common. We are all born with a sin nature.
Most of know the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden where God their Creator came down to earth and walked with them each day. God gave them free reign in the garden with only one exception. He commanded them not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He warned them of the consequences of doing so. Like us Adam and Eve were created with free will. Like us they had the freedom to choose what they were going to do as well as the responsibility and accountability for those choices. In those choices we also face consequences. Adam and Eve were warned but they chose to disobey. In doing so the consequences were huge and to this day effect every human being.
Man’s disobedience did not end God’s great love for us. However, it did bring about a major problem. God is holy and pure while man had become sinful … unholy, impure. Yep, that is a problem. God can no longer have us in His presence. Our sin separates us from Him. So what can be done? Can we do anything to change this? Do we have it within our power and ability? I will give you a hint … God tells us that all of our righteousness is as filthy rags in His sight. We are helpless! We have a major problem indeed.
But God in His great love for us did something about it. I started out this posting talking about ONE WAY. This hasn’t changed. God provided the answer to our sin problem and He tells us that the provision He alone offers is ONE WAY. There is a video presentation explaining and illustrating His provision for us. In this life all of us are travelling along on a wide ONE WAY road just as is illustrated in this video. This picture illustration does an excellent job telling what happened in the Garden of Eden and the history of man. It covers from birth right up unto death. Look carefully at what is illustrated. Look at the faces of the people. Look at how humanity is all shuffling along and what is awaiting them up ahead. Look at their faces as they finally discover and understand their fate they are about to experience. It is too late to avoid it as they already went past the free love gift God offered them. As you watch this video you have two choices. You can harden your heart and reject God’s free gift like the one boy did. In doing so you will continue to shuffle along with the masses missing out on what God had for you. Or you can be like the other boy and the girl who allowed God’s love to penetrate their hearts and receive what God offers to all of us. What will you do with Jesus?
A FREE GIFT awaits you!
A reader left this comment. I am posting it here as I know not everybody reads comments.
” A few minutes ago I texted this to my friend… “ When I have read books & stories about Armageddon or the Rapture, I always wondered how in the world God could ever get the attention, or interest, of 7.8 billion people.
The thought just occurred to me that the whole planet is now ‘at attention.’
Do you think something from God is about to happen?”
And her immediate reply was something that her own friend had just sent to her…
“In three short months, just like He did with the plagues of Egypt, God has taken away everything we worship. You want to worship athletes, I will shut down stadiums and arenas. You want to worship musicians, I will shut down every venue. You want to worship actors, I will shut down theaters.. You want to worship money, I will shut down the economy and collapse the stock market. You want to worship your own bodies, I’ll close down all the gyms. You want to worship your own intellect and pat yourself on the back with a graduation, I’ll close down your schools. You want to place your trust in your friends and not in Me, I’ll make sure you can’t even meet with them physically. You don’t want to seek my face and worship Me, I will make it where you can’t go to church.” “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Maybe we don’t need a vaccine, maybe we need to take this time of isolation from the distractions of the world and have a personal revival where we focus on the ONLY thing in the world that really matters…Jesus!” “