The traffic in Lima, Peru, is horrendously congested yet tremendously fun to travel. At least, when I’m not the driver. You see, I supremely enjoy the talent of the one who was driving. The responsibility of pulling through tight places, making impossible turns, and weaving through traffic is of no concern to me because I am trusting the driver’s experience. After awhile, it didn’t matter how fast we are going or how close outside objects came to the bus. I completely trusted the driver.
Many times, we trust people around us in such a way that we believe they will never make mistakes. We have high expectations about them, and we enjoy being with them as long as things run smoothly.
One evening, while I was traveling in a bus in the middle of many lanes of traffic, I felt a horrendous jerk. The bus came to an abrupt halt. In attempting to change lanes, the bus had bumped into a tiny car that was trying to pass us at the same time. Of course, there was no damage to the bus and I’m not too sure what happened to the little car, but thankfully, after a few minutes, we continued on as if nothing happened. Though I was not physically affected, this incident certainly changed my outlook on how we were driving. I suddenly became tense when we started changes lanes, and I tended to keep a much sharper look out the window at curbs and passing objects. Before, I thought we were invincible. Now, I realized that really, anything could happen.
Because everyone has been born into sin, people will never perfectly meet the expectations we place upon them. No matter how skilled or how friendly someone is, there will be times when they fall short. To prevent succumbing to anger or bitterness when “accidents” do happen, it is wise to surrender all expectations we might have toward other people completely to God. Instead, put your trust entirely in the Lord, for in him only will I find stability and salvation. He is my defense; I shall not be moved or disappointed in Him. (Psalm 62:5.)