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2006·06·14 · 1 Comments
You Never Know

From 1983 to 1989, I lived in one suburb or another of Minneapolis or St. Paul, Minnesota. During that time, I spent a lot of time behind the wheel of a work vehicle. A lot of that time was spent listening to the radio, mostly talk radio. One of my favorite programs was Garage Logic with Joe Soucheray. If you look to the left, you will see a link to a St. Paul Pioneer Press article, Directions offer food for thought, written by Joe. After listening to his down to earth wit and wisdom for so long, that’s how I think of him. Not as Soucheray, or Mr. Soucheray, but Joe, mayor of the fictitious, idyllic hamlet of Garage Logic, the seat of Gumption County, down the road from the liberal utopia of Euphoria. Sorry for the digression – this means nothing to you who haven’t been there – I’m just reminiscing. Anyway, go ahead and read that article before continuing here.


For those of you who were too lazy to read the article, or are reading this after it disappears from TwinCities.com, here is the conclusion, which should convey the salient point:

The woman going to the track meet at Hamline, for example, had to pass through that intersection literally minutes before the crash, maybe seconds. She sailed across the freeway on Snelling what had to be just moments before the chain reaction crash that killed two, injured nine and involved four cars.

It's really that basic, the part about knowing not the hour or the day.

Or the intersection.

I don’t know for certain what Joe’s spiritual state is. He’s a good man, one I know I would love to have for a neighbor. If being a good man could save, he would almost certainly be saved. Whatever the case, God has providentially demonstrated for him that what Scripture says is true. At any second, in any place, our time might be up, and we don’t know when or where that is.

Now, suppose you are at work with one of the Joes in your world, or leaning on the fence in your back yard visiting, on such an occasion as this. There has been a sudden, unexpected death, and with a knowing nod, he says, “Yep, you just never know.”

What will you say?

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. 1 Peter 3:15

1 Comments:

1. 06·06·15··07:05
Michael

Thanks for this David. We lived in Minnesota for several years and Joe Soucheray is a very familiar person to me as well. I remember praying for the man on occasion out of a sense of concern for his soul. Your post is a good reminder - that when we have the opportunity, we ought to converse with people enough in order to have a better sense of who or what they are trusting in for their salvation. The article in the Pioneer Press would be a great opportunity to ask the question - "And what about you? Are you ready?"


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