Failure to Yield

3/17/2016 Failure to Yield to a Funeral Procession?

Verse for Today: Matthew 25:40 (The Message) “Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.”

A few years ago I was pulled over by a police officer (no, I don’t get pulled over all the time!). Anyway I wasn’t speeding (whew). I don’t drink nor was I on any medication so I wasn’t driving under the influence. I wasn’t driving recklessly. I wasn’t driving on a suspended or expired license. I didn’t pass a school bus while it was stopped, even though one did speed past me on a city street when I was picking up children. I didn’t run a stop sign. I wasn’t even stopped for failure to yield to funeral procession. (I didn’t even know they had a ticket for that one, but they do! I’ve seen a bunch of people do that.) So, what was I stopped for?
I was stopped for failure to yield the right of way to a stationary emergency vehicle
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What is a stationary emergency vehicle? A stationary emergency vehicle is one that is pulled over to the side of the road with their lights on. For years it has been my habit to move over whenever I see any vehicle that’s pulled over to the side of the road. On this occasion, though, I was within a quarter mile of where I would be turning, so I went to the left of the lane that I was in but didn’t cross over to the next lane. When I received the ticket I thought… this is ludicrous (besides the officer was standing on the opposite of the car in the grass! –
Good Grief!). After receiving the ticket with a mandatory court date 
I proceeded home.
After calling a police officer friend to see if this was serious, I finally calmed down and then I began to think about it in spiritual terms. How many times do we see someone hurting spiritually or in any other way and we just pass on by? In
Luke 10:25-37 Jesus tells the story of a Jewish man who had been robbed, beaten, and left to die. He went on to tell of three people that went past the injured man, two were Jewish but the third was a Samaritan. Generally, there was tension between Jews and Samaritans, yet in this instance the Samaritan not only stopped but also took care of the man and paid for medical services. In Matthew 25:40, Jesus tells us that “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” I wonder, if we knew that we were going to have to stand before a judge and give an account of our failure to yield to a stationary hurting person, how might we begin to respond. Oh wait… we will! Romans 14:12 
 tells us we will give an account to God. Instead of being in a hurry and focused only on ourselves, let’s be attentive to the needs of others and reach out to them with the love and hope that Jesus Christ offers.

Question to Ponder

: Who have you ignored recently that you need to slow down and reach out to?