Big Bus Insights-Back of the Bus

Posted: March 3, 2014 in Uncategorized
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School Bus 6Last week was something special.  See, usually I drive a short school bus that holds about 12 students.  This is great since I only have an average of 4 Pre-K bus riders.  However this week the short bus has been out of commission.  Something is wrong with the starter or a fan or something under the hood.  (Look, I drive it not work on it)  And thus, we have had to take the big bus.  Oh what a treat!  Every day as they entered the  big bus they asked me, “Are we taking the big bus today?”  As if getting on the big bus as not a good enough hint.

With the big bus comes some unusual behavior.  On the short bus, they always sat towards the front of the bus, but now that we have been taking the big bus they want to go to the back of the bus.  Where does this come from?  Is this just a natural desire that stems from every student that has stepped foot on a bus?

I think it is pretty obvious why students seek to take up the seats in the back.  It all boils down to authority.  Every student, and sometimes adults, seek to see how much they can get away with without being caught.  Therefore, they believe that by trying to escape closeness with authority, they will be able to get away with more.

As a side note: the driver can actually see the back students better than the front students.  When looking in the safety mirror the driver’s eyes actually go to the rear of the bus first and work their way towards the front.

Anyway, the desire to escape authority reminds me of myself and all humanity.  Even in the very beginning, in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve tried to escape authority.  They had just sinned for the first time ever…like ever…like no person had ever done anything wrong before…awkward!  They had sinned and realized their sin and realized their nakedness.  Here is where it gets interesting:

Genesis 3:8 “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.”

Their first instinct, their sinful instinct, was to hide from authority.  They ran to the back of the bus to hide from the driver hoping that by doing this they would not be found out and they could continue in their ways.  Do I really believe Pre-K students think this way?  Absolutely!  They are as manipulative as adults.

Adam and Eve’s reaction is a very odd one.  Because they knew God in a way that many of us wish we knew him.  We dream about the ability to hear him walking beside us.  To know his presence is near.  We want him near us because we know of his love.

Here is the issue.  We associate God’s love with human love.  That is the only way we know love therefore love has stipulations.  Love is not constant.  Love does not stick around when the times are tough.  Love abandons us.

Not God’s Love!

God’s love is constant, everlasting, never failing, all encompassing, unbiased, based on nothing but himself.  This should then cause us to run as fast as we can to the front of the bus.  To get as close as possible to the driver.  To just have a little of his love rub off onto us.

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

How do you respond to sin?  To your own sin?  Do you run to the back to hide and cower?  Or do rush to the front to experience the forgiveness and love that is waiting?

His love is not conditional.  He loves the sinner as much as he loves his own Son.

Let that love engulf you.  There is enough to go around for all and still there will be some left over.

In Christ’s Love,
Josh

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