My longtime readers remember some older posts in the Tales from the bus series, valuable illustrations that came from work experience. Here is a recent addition.
A few weeks ago, a driver came in after their afternoon route and complained their bus was making a clicking sound in the left front end when making sharp left turns. I agreed to go take a look before calling maintenance and quipped it was probably nothing more than a rock stuck in the tire treads.
After strolling across the bus lot to the bus in question, I bent over to run my hand around the tire, looked down, and my jaw hit the ground!!!
Seven of the ten lug nuts were loose!! Some were backed off by as much as 1/3+ of an inch!! Wowsers!! How in the world?! My mind raced as I called maintenance to get a service truck over. I know the driver does a twice a day walk around inspection, I’ve witnessed it on multiple occasions. I’ve been by that bus dozens of times and so has the fuel guy. How had we missed this?
Ultimately, we found multiple dropped balls in the maintenance and inspection chain and numerous of us were culpable to varying degrees. By Yah’s grace, there had not been a disaster with a bus load of kids.
What did I determine was the major problem? ~All of us looking, but not seeing. Essentially, we were going through the motions of a visual check, turning our head and eyes to the right places, but habit was blinding us. We were not seeing what we were supposed to be looking at.
It occurs to me that we do that so often with Scripture. We look at it and think we know what it says, so we don’t see what it actually says, yet we are accountable! I’m guilty. I can go through the motions and see only what I want to see, or what doctrinal filters tell me to see.
Our prayer should be that Abba open our eyes and show us truth. We must ask Him to remove blinding traditions and doctrines that we see what is actually written!