Let me tell you a story (true), about a man who was driving along a highway (route 33), somewhere in Ohio. The man was rounding a curve a tad too quickly and slid off the road. He was helpless and could not maintain control of his car as it careened toward a ravine. If it were not for a sturdy guardrail at the edge of the road, the man would most certainly have plunged down the embankment.
As the man’s car embedded itself into the guardrail he could hear the crunching sound of bending mental- the guardrail did its job. When the his car came to rest, it was dented and scratched but still drivable.
Those that appreciate the guardrails will always have them. Life is full of guardrails; they keep us from taking our natural course (Jeremiah 10:23). Homes have rules, states have laws, towns have ordinances, companies have policies and churches have standards (at least they use to). Guardrails on roads and in life are often preceded by warning signs that advise us of conditions ahead. Heeding these timely warning will keep us from crashing into the guardrails.
But in crashing into a guardrail, we of course, will regret the damage done to our vehicle. But maybe the harm would have been minimized if the guardrail had been flexible material. I mean, after all, gentleness is always appreciated, is it not? Hitting a guardrail is very stressful, damaging and a costly event.
The makers of guardrails seem to have no consideration for making the experience less traumatic. Instead of using softer materials, they build their product of very heavy steel to make it as unyielding as possible.
But the truth is that the guardrail was not to blame for the loss in a crash. We sometimes overlook a warning sign and we drive too fast or improperly for our highway conditions. With our free will, we alone are responsible. The purpose of guardrails requires them to be unyielding. Gentleness is not part of their job description. Typically, guardrails are the last barrier before the edge. So,….before we complain about a guardrail experience, we should consider that any guardrail is more gentle that the ravine below. 🙂 Thank God for Guardrails!
Have a great Sunday, and slow down…consider the signs ahead. There are many ravines to avoid.
- Thanks in part to Gary M. for his contribution in the “Write-Up”