This week’s insight comes not from the students but actually from an external source. Usually the students provide me with thought provoking insights, make me question the norm, or just make me laugh and want to tells others. However, in this post I want to discuss a man that I meet nearly every day on the route. Depending on how many or which students are present, I can usually tell you when we will pass this man.
Many of you have heard about The Man with Yellow Hat:
George does not know his name, thus he describes him as he is seen. I have taken after this and since I also do not know the man’s name I have decided to reference him as “The Man in the Black Jeep.”
There are few things I know about this man.
- He drives a black Jeep Wrangler
- He is likely in his 60s-70s
- He waves with only his right index finger
- He is either going to or from work around noon every weekday
And that about does it. But can I tell you something that is kind of strange? I miss him when I don’t see him. I feel like that somehow by passing each other 5 days a week we have this mutual connection. He has become a staple in my driving.
Maybe you also have this type of relationship with someone. Whether you have a commute to work, or run errands around the same time every day, if you have a “Man in the Black Jeep” that impacts your day you know what I mean. If you don’t it is hard to explain.
But how to relate this to God…let me see.
While I do feel as though there is a strange connection between The Man in the Black Jeep and myself, can I truly say that I know him? Of course not. I don’t know his name, if he is married, what year model the Jeep is or other important features about him. In fact, if I really get down to it and am truthful with myself, I don’t really know The Man in the Black Jeep at all.
There is a false connectedness.
I have had this false connectedness before. Not with another bypassing car or person on the street, but with God himself. See I have had times in my life where I would simply see God in passing, nod my head or lift a hand and wave and then carry on about my day. This interaction gave me a false sense of relationship.
I might read the Bible, even pray and thank God for things, but at times I would not actually seek to know his character, his attributes, or even his features. I wasn’t really interacting with him at all. I was considering myself to have knowledge about God without ever really knowing him. Paul warns Timothy of this in 1 Timothy 6:20-21 “O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you.”
See, this “knowledge” that I thought I had of God was really false. It was simply babble in my life that I believed to be genuine connections. It would be as if I thought The Man in the Black Jeep and I were best friends because we passed each other on the road. That sounds crazy right?
But I believe that this is one of the most common interactions Christians have with God. And no. That’s not a good thing. Many times we think we are interacting with God, but in reality we are simply seeing Him as we pass by, acknowledging him, yes, but rarely more than that.
Have you connected with God today? I mean truly sought to know him more?
Philippians 3:8-11 “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of KNOWING Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may KNOW him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”
Please do not be won over by a false sense of connectedness with or knowledge of God. He knows your innermost self, seek to know his.
In Christ’s Love,