March 21

Backing Down the Driveway

It is easy to drive forward on a driveway. You have the advantage of the entire windshield of the car to help you estimate how far to turn the wheel to line up with the side of the pavement. You can see where you are going and know if there are any dangers on the pavement, like a pothole, or a parked bicycle, or a bouncing ball that is likely to be chased by a child running into your path. It is much easier to avoid these pitfalls when you drive forward.

But how about BACKING down a driveway? That is a different proposition. You have to twist your head to see where you are going. If there is a curve, you have to turn the steering wheel in the opposite direction, to get the back of the car to go where you want it to go. Usually the rear window is much smaller than the front windshield, and your view is often obscured by high backed seats or the trunk of the car. At night, the backup lights at the rear are nowhere near as bright as the headlights. If you depend on the side view mirrors, you have to remember that “OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR”.

When you are going forward, it is a good day, and you can thank the Lord for all of your good fortune. When you are going backward, you must depend on Faith, and you need to ask the Lord for Strength and Guidance to get you where you want to go!

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