Reports say the engineer was going 80 miles per hour on a 30-mile-per-hour curve, and he didn’t apply the brakes.
Three people have died, and many more are injured.
While it’s too early to know exactly what happened, there are plenty of questions being asked.
Namely, why didn’t he slow down?
I hope you’ll join me in praying for those who are hurt, and those who have lost loved ones.
I can’t help but think of this recent tragedy and compare it to the costly, reckless choices we all tend to make.
Most of us have at least one (some of us, more than one) moment when we’ve sped off to do our own thing, never slowing down, until we lost control.
In that moment of losing control, we may be hurt, or others hurt because of our choices.
Proverbs 14:16 says, “The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.”
I admit; I have been such a fool.
I’ve rushed headlong into situations when I was warned not to.
I have been recklessly determined to do things my way.
And I’ve crashed.
Have you been there, done that?
But what do we do when we crash?
Hopefully, we are humbled.
And through humility, seek forgiveness and redemption.
1 Peter 5:6 says, “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.”
And 1 John 1:9 says, “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”
That, of course, doesn’t give us the license to do whatever we want, whenever, and turn around for forgiveness.
But isn’t it comforting to know that our Father is quick to forgive a humble, repentant heart?
We may lose control, but He never does.
He’s waiting to accept anyone who has lost control and wants to be made whole through the saving grace of Jesus.
Today, as you pray, ask the Holy Spirit to temper you when you’re tempted to make a reckless choice.
And ask Him to guide you to make wise decisions.
If you’ve made a poor decision, humbly ask for both forgiveness and redirection.