by Becky Payne
When I was 17, I was driving the family minivan a short distance from home when the accelerator stuck for the third time in a few months. The other two times I had been able to get it unstuck; however this time was different, I wasn’t able to stop the vehicle. I was terrified thinking I was going to die. Through the grace of God, I was able, while standing on the brake with all my weight, to get the car to turn it into the church parking lot next to my house. I didn't know what else to do, so I drove around in circles honking and waving trying to get the attention of my family.
My parents happened to be on the phone with each other, (Mom at the house and Dad at the church), while I was honking and waving like a crazy person. My mom thought I was being silly but my dad realized that I was in trouble as he saw smoke starting to billow from the engine. He quickly hung up the phone and ran out to the parking lot to save me.
Without a thought to his own life and more concern for my safety and well-being, he opened the car door while running alongside me. He jumped in the car, and somehow was able to get the car to do what I was unable to do.
Dad didn’t even think twice about what could happen to him. He just wanted to make sure I was safe. He expressed sacrificial love, and some may say he showed reckless love. He was willing to do whatever it took for me to be safe even if it meant that he was injured or worse in the process. As I remember this incident, I am reminded me of a popular worship song entitled "Reckless Love of God". Here are the words to the chorus and the bridge.
And oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine
And I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah
There's no shadow You won't light up
Mountain You won't climb up
Coming after me
There's no wall You won't kick down
Lie You won't tear down
Coming after me
I am grateful for the reckless love my dad had for me back then, but even more I am eternally grateful for a God that loves me so much that He would sacrifice His place in heaven to suffer and die on earth so that I could spend eternity with Him. Thank you God for your reckless love for me.
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