Sunday, November 14, 2010

It Only Takes a Second

I haven't figured it out yet, but for some reason things happen to me when I'm driving or shopping.

Good things.

The other day I was driving down the highway and I saw one of those Correctional vans in the distance. There were men scattered about in the grass median to my left wearing orange vest jackets and picking up trash. As I approached a particular group of men, I noticed one look straight at me. He was not smiling or showing any expression really. I looked at him as well, and before I passed, I waved at him.

As he moved from my side window to my rear view mirror, I saw his arm raised high in the air with a waving hand, his whole body turned toward my vanishing van so he could just enjoy this moment. His wave must have lasted more than 5 seconds, where mine was probably not one whole second. Something that only took maybe one second to do, and yet that one second made such an impact on him.

Driving on, I wondered if anyone ever waves at these men. It would seem that they don't. The brief glance I got of his face was a look of surprise and excitement all wrapped up together, as if this were not mundane. I hope it made the morning air smell a little sweeter to him.

I am fully aware that he is a criminal, although I don't have a clue for what crime. But in the warm sun-lit drive that morning, I saw his humanity...the same as my humanity. While I've not done something that warrants being confined in prison, I'm still not without fault. And I don't deserve a wave or a smile any more than he does. It may sound silly,

but everyone needs a wave or a smile...and it only takes a second.

Peace of Christ to you,


  1. Very true! Reminds me that "while we were sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8