Updated: Oct 25, 2021
Two stark differences in road etiquette happened within hours and both had to do with pulling out into heavy traffic and merges.
In one case, it was merging into bumper-to-bumper morning rush hour traffic on a four-lane road. Pulling out and looking to a woman in an SUV to allow me in, she defiantly shook her head and pointed to herself. The irony is that I was immediately pulling off into a service station so I wouldn’t have set her commute back one second.
The other happened when a kind trucker let my car in without a blink.
In one case, it seemed a fight to the finish. The other: easy-peasy.
Road etiquette is the gospel on four wheels: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Whether in a literal pilgrimage such as driving or in the metaphorical, life is more tender for yourself and others when you’ve covenanted with God and your soul to embrace the reality that people are just trying to get where they’re going.
PORTAL TO HEAVEN: How simple it is to think that something as common as driving can test our resolve of The Golden Rule - most especially when we’re behind the wheel alone.
Whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin…All day long he is gracious…do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another…Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you…your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
James 4:17 ESV, Galatians 5:13 ESV, Psalm 37:26 NASB, Ephesians 4:32 NASB, Matthew 6:6 ESV