On Monday evening, Misty, Davidson and I headed to Murfreesboro to eat dinner and run a couple of errands. Misty had to run into Target, so Davidson and I stayed in the car and waited for her to finish shopping. All was well, until we heard the “crunch”.
The “crunch” came from a truck backing out of a parking spot. The young lady driving the truck sideswiped the car parked next to her. To her credit, she stopped in the parking lot and remained at the scene. We saw her call someone on her phone and then she pulled back next to the car she had struck and waited.
Eventually, the driver of the car that was hit came out of the store. She was also a young lady who wasn’t expecting to come out to a damaged car. This would be enough to frustrate and upset anyone. As we saw her approach, we both wondered what her reaction would be. Then, Davidson said, “Dad, it will be fine.” I asked him how he knew it would be ok and he said “her bumper sticker says Jesus is Lord. She’s a Christian. She’s not going to be upset.”
I realized at this moment that I’m a little more cynical than my son. I’ve seen cars with Christian bumper stickers and logos drive in very “unchristian” ways. I’ve been cut off by “Christians”. I’ve even been flipped off by “Christians”. Sadly, I realize that just because your car has a Christian bumper sticker doesn’t mean you drive or act like a Christian.
So, I waited to see what the girl’s reaction would be. I said a silent prayer that Davidson’s faith in the woman would be rewarded and she would respond in a Christlike manner. I watched her face as she approached the car and the young lady who struck her car approached her. She grimaced, smiled and then reacted with kindness and grace. She didn’t lose her temper. She didn’t utter a stream of profanities. She didn’t belittle or berate the other driver. Instead, she remained calm and composed and exhibited forgiveness and mercy. Her faith lived up to her bumper sticker. Jesus is her Lord.
I’m thankful for this. I’m thankful Davidson got to witness a Christian response to a difficult situation. It also reminded me that even though we may not have a Christian bumper sticker on our car or truck, other people in our community know that we claim Jesus as Lord. Our family members know it. Our neighbors know it. Our co-workers know it. They are watching to see how we react to the difficulties and adversities we face in this life. They are watching to see if Jesus is truly Lord of our lives.
What does your life say? Is Jesus Lord? As we celebrate his life, death and resurrection every Sunday at Fairlane, I pray that our relationship to Him is more than words and bumper stickers. He is Lord. He is worthy. He is our Savior. Let’s live for Him and show people His grace and mercy. May our lives be the “bumper sticker” that proclaims Jesus is Lord!