Have you ever been driving and you could see that the person in front of you was not really driving responsibly? Maybe you were seeing the other driver letting their car wander over into other lanes. Maybe you’ve witnessed the other driver darting in and out of lanes without using signals. Maybe their vehicle looks like it’s going to fall apart.
When I’m out there in the driving world and I’m watching a driver with some strange driving maneuvers, I try to decide whether I need to stay behind the person or forge ahead of the person. Obviously, it the other person is speeding, I’m not going to try to speed past them. That decision may take a few more minutes as I may still be in the concerned mode and wonder if I’ll need to call for emergency help.
All sorts of things go through my mind. I wonder whether or not it might be a good time to stop for a bite to eat or use a rest stop. That would give me a bit of a break and maybe that’s as good a time as any to get my attention off of something that’s frustrating me. Taking a break might also mean that I have to wait for the next exit and that might slow the whole trip down.I have to weigh out the pros and cons.
There have a been a few times when I’ve waited things out a few moments and the driver ahead of me seems to get things under control. I don’t know if it’s a case of their ending a conversation on the phone or perhaps they’ve finished texting or any number of things. What seems to be the best practice is following at a safe distance behind and wait it out just a bit.
53-54They led Jesus to the Chief Priest, where the high priests, religious leaders, and scholars had gathered together. Peter followed at a safe distance until they got to the Chief Priest’s courtyard, where he mingled with the servants and warmed himself at the fire.
The author of Mark uses words that describe Peter as being tentative and distant. As is the case with all scripture, it is important to ask why that particular thing was included. I’m guessing that Peter’s hesitation needed to be brought out.
When have you been most aware that you are keeping your distance from someone or something? In a church, why would people choose to maintain a distance between their attending the church and becoming involved in the church? What is a safe distance in a church? 15-20 pews?
In Conversation with a child: Ask a child to tell you what they have learned about telling the difference between a stranger and someone they can trust
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