Can you imagine driving down the road and seeing Bono, the lead singer from U2, on the side of the road, thumb stuck out, trying to hitch a ride? Would you stop and pick him up?
Well, that’s exactly what happened to Gilbert Brule this past Tuesday. He’s the center for the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Team and as he and his girlfriend were driving their German Shepherd to the park they passed Bono on the road who was trying to catch a ride.
Gilbert’s girlfriend, Kelsey, who was behind the wheel, found it hard to believe the 51-year-old rock star would be hitchhiking. “I didn’t want to stop, but they waved and [Gilbert] yelled ‘that’s Bono’. “I didn’t believe him so I kept driving.”
After convincing her to turn around, the couple found the famous front man and his assistant waiting patiently by the roadside. After hopping in, Bono, sat in the back beside the couple’s dog, and told them they had gone for a walk only for it to start raining. “We go to walk our dog and Bono ends up in our car,” Brule said of the bizarre episode.
Pretty cool experience, right? But it got me thinking. If I was driving down the road, would I have even paid attention to the person on the side of the road, let alone have recognized Bono and stopped? It’s easy to get so focused on what we are doing and where we want to go that we can miss out on experiencing the life that is happening around us.
But what if, instead of Bono on the side of the road, it was Jesus? Would I stop for him? Would I even recognize Him? Or would I fly on by caught up in my agenda, worries and deadlines?
And yet, everyday, that’s what we do. Obviously He’s not there physically, but He promises to be with us spiritually. Some of His last words to us were, “And surely, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
So what would it look like if we lived each day as though Jesus was in the back seat of our car, with us in our office cubicle, or just hanging out in our living room or kitchen? Would it change us? Would it make a difference in the way we interact with one another? Would our words and actions be different? My guess is it would. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure it would change me. So how about it? Why don’t you spend the next couple of days reminding yourself of the presence of Jesus and see the positive difference it can make.
And while you are at it. I’m pretty sure He’s planning on being in church with us this Sunday and that He’d love to spend the morning with you there in worship. In fact, we are going to take a look at the question, “Who is this Jesus, anyway?” and it’s a great way to get to know Him even better.
So, plan now to be there with your family and bring a few friends and neighbors with you, because after all, wouldn’t their lives be better getting to know Him too? So, slow down a little and look around you. That hitchhiker on the side of the road might just be Bono. Better yet, it could be Jesus!
Loving the journey with you,