We had some crazy storms yesterday evening.
I was at the kid’s soccer practice… and while I was sitting and watching the practice I heard a bunch of rumbling thunder. So, I pulled up the weather radar on my iphone. Yeah… it showed storms in the area, and they were pretty big, but there were NO posted watches or warnings. So, I just sat and watched the practice.
Pretty soon there were bolts of lightening, cloud to ground, off in the distance… and I started to get a little concerned. But, everyone else was going about their business like nothing was happening. So, I continued to sit and watch the practice.
After a few more minutes… and a whole bunch of lightening… someone finally called off the practice. When we went home I logged onto the weather channel and came to find that… all of a sudden… we were under a severe thunderstorm warning and a tornado warning! Apparently, a storm capable of producing a tornado was passing just to our north.
A few minutes earlier we were out on the wide open field… when we should have been under cover. Notice the problem: EVERYONE else (including the weather reports early on) were going about their business like nothing was wrong… and that made me go about business like nothing was wrong even though, intuitively, I knew differently.
I think most of us do the most stupidest things because ‘everyone else is doing it’. There is something about looking around and seeing what everyone else is doing that makes us disregard our gut feelings and intuitions. There is a real power of persuasion in ‘following the crowd’… but it can lead to trouble.
Jesus talks about it in Matthew 7:13-14:
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it
Basically, he says (about the spiritual life) that following the crowd leads to destruction… while taking ‘the road less travelled’ leads to life. It is an important lesson… and one that is hard to learn (because we naturally feel more comfortable going along with the crowd).
So, the question today is… are you on the wide or narrow road?