Presented at Memorial Congregational Church, Sudbury, Massachusetts, August 7, 2011.
Scriptures: I Kings 19:9-18 and Matthew 14:22-33
The other day, while running errands in my car, I encountered a timid driver. You know the type: hesitating at intersections, driving slow or speeding up unexpectedly. These drivers start to do one thing, and then without warning change their mind. If they’re at a stop sign, you don’t know whether to go, or wait for them. If they’re trying to make a turn, you don’t know whether to go around them, or not, because you know they might suddenly turn right in front of you.
It would be far better for everyone, including themselves, if these people would just make a choice and go with it, rather than second guessing themselves and changing their minds. They don’t project confidence, don’t clearly indicate their intentions and leave us guessing as to how to respond.
These drivers seem to have no faith in the choices they are making. Maybe they’re unsure of where they’re going, or perhaps they’re afraid of the consequences of making a wrong choice. When they do choose, they change their minds the second there is any reason to doubt the decision they’ve made.