Thursday, January 21, 2010
Crumple Zones and Crashes
In both sets of photographs it was clear to me that in these dreadful front-on crashes people had survived who should not have done by the mercy of God. Along with that acknowledgement of Divine grace, I could see in the shots that both vehicles had collapsed in front of the passenger compartment, and in one case behind it too. This was no accident either. Car designers had planned it that way by the provision of 'crumple zones' - areas of the car's construction that will respond to huge impact by complete destruction, absorbing forces that would otherwise have been focussed on the driver and passengers.
Clever things, these crumple zones. And they set me thinking. There are certain factors that can be built into our lives to act in a similar way. Tears, for instance, are created to be shed. When they are, they bring release to those of us who have been through devastating crashes - and I don't mean just road traffic accidents! Bible verses learnt when everything is dandy, and the sun is shining bright, will be there to come to the fore in crisis. Lessons learnt in the school of prayer, even the disciplines of a healthy prayer life, may also suffer in a disaster but they will have already worked their magic, and could be life-savers.
There are more. Forgiveness, good relationships with those closest to us, church friends, may all in their turn come up trumps in a crash. So, thank God for crumple zones and Divine passenger compartments!