The bumper sticker on his car read, “Don’t drive faster than your angels can fly.” The St. Christopher’s medal on his dashboard reminded him that, no matter what, he would be safe. Although Joshua no longer practiced the Catholicism he grew up believing, as was taught by his mother and the Catholic school and church he attended as a boy, he still somehow believed that as long as he kept the St. Christopher’s medal on his dash, everything would be fine. That would prove false for Joshua.
One day in his haste to get to work on time, Joshua was driving at a pretty high rate of speed for the neighbor streets through which he was travelling. He didn’t realize he had come upon the school zone for the elementary school. Because there had been some complaints about speeding motorists through the school zone, the local police department had staged the area that morning. Joshua didn’t see when the police officer stepped out to flag him down and he ran right into the officer, flipping him onto the hood of Joshua’s car. Although the car was badly damaged, the officer didn’t receive any permanent injuries from this incident.
Was it the angels? Perhaps. Maybe it was the St. Christopher’s medal… Whatever it was, Joshua realized that something greater than he was telling him he was moving too fast..he needed to slow down; not because his angels couldn’t keep up, but because God desired something from Joshua. Joshua was moving too fast through life to see God in it.
After the incident, Joshua felt that something greater was tugging at his heart. He realized that nothing but God could have spared him and the life of the officer that day. He knew that he was safe, not because of his bumper sticker or even the St. Christopher’s medal; he was safe because of God!
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm- He will watch over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121:7-8 – NIV)