The Rubber Neck

Long line… Why so long!
Waiting. Waiting.
Who’s holding me up?
What’s there to see?
What on earth could it possibly be?

Every day. Work is done.
And Waiting. Waiting.
Inching. Crawling.
What could they possibly have to see?
Serious accident? It better be!

I hate to wait.
Inching. Waiting.
Waiting. Crawling.
Just a tiny bit closer and I’ll finally see
Whatever’s causing this long line to be.

I knew it. I knew it!
It never does fail. There’s nothing. Nothing!

A simple, bright blue car with its hood up.
An oily man attaching the car to his truck.
One tall cop speaking with a young mother.
And twins sitting by, playing with each other.


Has the traffic cleared?
Finally! …. I can go.

I just knew there’d be nothing to see.
Nothing to cause such a long line to be.

-J. Wilbur


I thought I’d share this fun little poem I wrote one day after a long drive home through heavy traffic.  And believe it or not, it was before we moved to Northern Virginia.  I confess.  I didn’t even know the meaning of the word traffic back when I wrote this silly little poem.

What the poem is about, of course, is hypocrisy.  May the Lord reveal to us where we each fall short.  And let’s not fall into the trap of doing nothing for fear of being a hypocrite when we actually see something that needs to be judged in another.  Many people misquote the Lord’s words on this topic.

Matthew 7:1-5
Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Notice that the Lord Jesus doesn’t tell us never to judge.  He tells us to be careful how we judge because when we do, it’s a confession that we understand some particular thing is wrong.  And that means no excuse when we do that same thing.  Take a read through Romans 2:1-16 also where a “witness” against man is explained to be that men judge each other and then do the same things themselves.  A man’s own words (or understanding), in such cases, will be used as evidence against him in the day of God’s judgment.

Note how in the passage the Lord says, “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”  His instruction is not to ignore the little problem you see in your brother.  His instruction is to fix your big problem and then to help your brother.  Too often, I think, we just let everything go because, really, we don’t want to face the issues in ourselves.

May the Lord grant us wisdom and courage enough to help one another for His glory.

J. Wilbur

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