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Sabbath, May 14, 2022
Earlier this week I was walking along a sidewalk beside a busy street near our church, and spotted this device which had been dislodged from the road. There’s probably a technical name for them, but I think of them as “road bumps.”
When I first arrived in Seattle from the Great Plains, I was surprised—and sometimes a bit annoyed—by these road bumps. I’d never seen them before. But then, when driving at night through our frequent rains, and finding the roads’ paint-striping hard to see, I began to be very grateful for these bumps. Not only did they reflect my headlights (both this type and the round dome-shaped kind), but they also rumbled warningly under my tires if I drifted too far to one side.
Have you ever heard or sung the song, “Dare to Be a Daniel”? The theme of that cheerful, challenging melody is that just like Daniel, we need to continue “standing by a purpose true, heeding God’s command” as we “dare to be a Daniel, dare to stand alone, dare to have a purpose firm, dare to make it known.”
Daniel, a Hebrew captive taken to Babylon, refused to let his captors intimidate him into disobeying God’s will, either publicly or privately. And this fortitude caused him to influence those around him in favor of the God of Heaven.
I would suggest that someone rewrite those lyrics to urge us to “Dare to be a road-bump.” Because, in their way, road-bumps do what Daniel did. If someone is veering off into spiritual danger, the very presence of someone who knows the true path can act as an early warning that God’s way is safest.
This is called “witnessing,” and is something Jesus insists that His followers be prepared to do. Most often, witnessing doesn’t involve lecturing people on religion, but simply being someone whose words and actions and attitude display the love of God.
If you’d like to read some of what the Bible says about how to do this, click the link just below: