As we rode through the mountains, we turned sharp corners on narrow roads. We were in a van, and when we met another vehicle our size, there was little room for error. Usually, there was a sharp drop off on at least one side of the road. Often times, a house had been built on the slope, positioned so that if a vehicle careened off the road, it would land on, or in, the house. But our driver was no stranger to the winding roads.
When the road seemed to disappear into nowhere because it tightly wrapped the turn in the mountain, he honked the horn as we approached. He didn’t slow down and wait for a response. He must have known the timing he needed to listen for a reply horn and slow down enough to avoid a disastrous head-on collision. He wasn’t careless. To the contrary, he took great care. He drove faster and closer to the edge than any of us on the van would have, but that was because he had driven the roads many times and was much more comfortable. Even though the blind spots could have posed danger, his familiarity with them and the way he approached them gave us confidence in him.
We approach blind spots on a daily basis. How we deal with them tells much about our experience, trust, and confidence. Just because we can’t see what is around the corner doesn’t mean we should assume everything will be okay. Nor does it mean we have to be paralyzed by fear, so hesitant to proceed that we end up wreaking more havoc than we feared. Focusing on the blind spot too much or too little can be disastrous. Accepting it as something we have to deal with along the journey keeps it in perspective. When we focus on it, the blind spot becomes our temporary destination. Instead, it’s something we need to acknowledge, treat with respect, and proceed through.
That doesn’t mean we barrel into the future with no regard for what can happen. It doesn’t mean we’re never going to have a close call, hit something head-on, or run off the road. But it means we do what we can to trust God for the warnings we might need. We honk our horn and remind ourselves and God that our journey is His journey, that He knows a lot more about the road map than we do, that we commit to Him, including His prompts for us to take caution or proceed.
What blind spots might be in your path today? How will you approach them? You might as well trust God, the only one who isn’t blind to anything.