My grandfather Diedrich Peters was 92 years old when he lost his driver’s license. He was sad, but he resigned himself to being chauffeured around by his children. However, on the first fine spring day after he had lost his license, he went outside and was overcome by a strong urge to drive his car.
Grandpa was a retired farmer and there was nothing he liked better than to drive from his house in the town of Winkler out to his old farm in the village of Gnadenthal and watch the work that was going on in the fields. He knew that on a spring day with such beautiful weather, his nephew, who was farming Grandpa’s land, would probably be getting out his machines and heading to the fields to prepare them for planting. How Grandpa wanted to go and watch him work!
He got his keys and went into the garage where his vehicle still stood. He slid into the front seat and started the engine. Sounded good! Should he take a quick drive? Would it harm anyone? What were the chances of the police stopping him? Telling me about the experience later, my grandfather said he put his head on the steering wheel and asked God to help him do the right thing. He turned off the car, pocketed the keys and went back inside.
Even after a lifetime of acquiring wisdom and experience my grandfather was still tempted to make an unwise and unsafe choice that could have hurt not only him but others as well. We face those kinds of temptations all the time and especially now during the pandemic when we may be tempted to make choices we know aren’t safe for us or for others, just as the choice for Grandpa to drive his car wouldn’t have been safe for him or for others either. There may be times when like my grandfather, we need to call on divine help so we can do the safe thing and the right thing.