The afternoon thunderstorm had arrived early. The initial hit was dark, intense, and filled with overwhelming size raindrops. Even when I closed my eyes, it was relentless. The sound of the rain hitting was more of a plop than a drop. I had come on the motorcycle to the sporting event, so I wondered how and when I would find a break to get home. As the skies temporarily cleared, I decided that it was time to see if I could beat the second wave of black clouds on the horizon.
I should have known better when I emerged from the parking structure to the light rain. I knew I had a choice. I could have turned around and found shelter. I pulled on a rain jacket and decided to press on.
Events often suggest that it is time to retreat. I know there are times when pausing, stopping, and even taking a step back is the right thing to do. Life suggests that there are moments when it is time to do exactly the opposite! One choice will depend on what one has behind or under them. While it is easy to retreat, it may not be the right choice. One writer put it this way; “With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.” (1 Corinthians 15.58)
Jacket in hand, I pushed on.
The story would not be a story if what followed was a non-event. Before it was over I had negotiated flooded expressways with four inches of water, intense sprays from passing cars, and a slick parking lot. Oh, I was also soaked to my skin with the exception of a sweaty back that had been protected by the rain jacket.
I am not sure my choice was right. I know I enjoyed the event, friends, and adventuresome ride. I also felt better for the experience once I had a hot shower.