I was pulling into a parking spot recently when the scene taking place in the car next to me rivetted my attention. A lady in a two door compact in the space beside mine looked frazzled. Her hair was a bit wild, and her face appeared worn out and almost haggard. She had a cigarette in one hand and the steering wheel in the other, but before she pealed out of the space, she reached over and grabbed a child's sippy cup and gulped it's contents like it was a water bottle. It wasn't until later that I realized the contents of the cup might contain something other than juice, but regardless of the liquid, the picture was poignant.
As I got out of my car and headed to the store, I couldn't keep from laughing out loud, but the more I thought about it, the sadness of the scene penetrated my awareness. It was a reminder that even though most aren't as transparent as the lady in the car, people go through life tired, worn out, and in many ways desperate. It also reminded me that life doesn't have to be that way for anyone!
With Easter just days away, I can't help but think about the fact that Jesus died and rose again to deliver us from the life of hopeless desperation we would still be chained to if not for HIm. I'm reminded that I can't keep that knowledge inside of me, while people all around me are figuratively smoking cigarettes and downing the nicotene with the contents of a sippy cup. I want people to know what it is like to really live.