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What a spoiled brat of about 5 years old, was the boy next door to where I lived. From what I could tell, he never obeyed his mother.
More than once I saw him stand in the middle of the street, and play policeman. He would stretch out his arms and the car would stop, then he would laugh and run into the house.
One day he waited longer than usual to run out in the street to stop a car. The car was going the speed limit, but the driver was caught off guard when the child ran in front of him with his arms out stretched.
I remember the car bouncing as the driver slammed on his brakes trying to prevent hitting the lad.
However there was no avoiding the boy and the child was struck and knocked to the ground. Fortunately the driver quickly hitting his brakes had lessened the impact, and the boy was not badly hurt. For one thing it sure did knock some sense into him.
Because I was a witness so when the police came they asked my mother if they could speak to me. She quickly agreed. I told them the truth that the boy was in the habit of playing a game with the cars, and this time he ran right out in front of the car, and the man tried very hard to stop.
Soon after that the family moved away, and I doubt that the police did anything more than just lecture the parents.
As I think about that event, I wonder how many times in life, we rush right out in front of something and then dare it not to smash into us. I am not referring to a literal car, or bus, but simply things in life.
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If we jump out too quickly without Guidance from the Lord, we can end up in a collision of sorts.
Through prayer, and searching the scriptures we repeatedly will discover answers to which path to take and what turn off is the best one.
May we be wise as serpents and gentle as doves! Guide me gentle savior.
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