Road Rage—Up Close & Personal … It was a mistake—I knew it when it happened. But it would save time. I had to change lanes or miss my turn. So I pulled in front of a fast-moving truck and turned the wheel to enter a parking lot, barely missing a collision.
The person blasted his horn, and a quick glance in my rearview mirror told me what I didn’t want to know—he had followed me into the parking lot. When I parked, the driver stopped directly behind my car, blocking the way out.
I stepped out of my vehicle to face a scowling young man in the driver’s seat with a couple of his buddies, all directing fury my way. He shouted, “What do you think you’re doing pulling in front of me like that?” If rage could be charted, it would be in the red danger zone. My heart pounded in fear, and I was afraid it could turn violent.
Then I remember two lessons I had learned—one was from the Bible. “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1) The other teaching—“people like to hear a sincere apology.”
So I answered as sweetly and gently as I could, “I apologize. Will you forgive me?”
The response was gruff but positive, “I guess so.” And then he drove off.
Relief coursed through me—my heart slowly resumed its normal pace.
God’s Word and his lessons proved to be the answer against road rage, and wow, am I thankful. (o:
~ Karen Gaus ~