Psalm 131 My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quietened myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and for evermore.
A number of years ago when I reflected on these words, they disquieted me and made me uncomfortable. As someone who likes to study, analyse, examine and understand, a readiness to calmly set aside things without doing such things did not sit well with me. Yet I have grown to realise that there is much that I do not understand and I never will understand. Such things may be crises on the world stage such as Ukraine or Syria, seemingly intractable situations that churches face, inexplicable occurrences in the lives of individuals and other situations. As the psalmist reminds us, at all times we must put our hope and trust in the Lord, and we can silently hold such situations before our Father, praying for His kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. In all matters, both those we understand and those we do not, let us hold them before the Lord, knowing that He will hear and answer in accordance with His perfect will.
I’ve had the AA Drive Tech, National Speed Awareness course today. An alternative to the Fixed Penalty fine and penalty points I received last Christmas. If you have not previously attended a course within a 3 year period, you will be offered this one. And it helps. It really helps. It wasn’t as boring as I though. Quite decent.
Some of the things I’ve learned:
More paint, more restraint. More red, more dead. (about the paint you often see on the roads)
Speed limit is a limit not a target.
We used to drive on the left. We now drive on what’s left… 🙂
Aggressive drivers tailgating and flashing you on the motorway tend to be very annoying. A study was done and it revealed that these people usually are not satisfied with their life, their job, family and tend to use their car to bully others in traffic.
Don’t react. Control yourself. Be careful. You never know what “animal” is driving the other car.
When you are inside the car you feel that you are becoming anonymous. You loose your control and you do and say weird things that don’t represent you.
If you’re sleepy, of course you need to stop and rest, but if you can’t do it, chewing a gum or making verbal commentaries about the road, traffic or weather helps to keep you focused and concentrated.
The most common word put down on the reports by the insurance companies is: Citește în continuare „Speed Awareness for the Fast and the Furious”