ARE YOU A ZEBRA?
My brother in law told me about an occurrence a few years ago which I found both inspiring and extremely funny.
My brother in law lives and works in Lagos Nigeria. He went on his lunch break with a few colleagues, they needed to walk across a busy road with a zebra crossing and after waiting a while, a lady in his company decided to step forward into the lanes on the zebra crossing. The first set of cars stopped whereas the other lane had a mini van speeding along. The driver of the mini van looked determined to progress despite the lady being right there on the road, at the zebra crossing.
Perplexed and yet determined, the lady stayed on but slowly moved forward, as the mini van driver got to her, he slowed down slightly. And she being irritated decided to tell him off. She went ‘didn’t you see me? This is a zebra crossing’. To which the mini van driver responded without delay..’are you a zebra? I didn’t think you are as you don’t look like one’. The lady was shocked! But the whole team around burst into laughter. Myself and the other occupants in the car equally found the exchange very funny.
In all honesty, as a kid, I used to wonder why they called it a zebra crossing when I had never seen any zebra in the city before! Thankfully, unlike the mini van driver, I found out what the sign stood for before I started driving and I obey the traffic rules on zebra crossings.
The story of this misinterpretation of a signal or a situation led me to think of the danger of an ill-educated Christian who may continue to go around with the label, yet does not know their rights and responsibilities sometimes. The word of God admonishes us to study to know and use.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” 2 Tim 2:15
Knowing and living the truth gives you a level of security, confidence and strength that ignorance takes away from you. The driver has been on those roads for years, yet didn’t know (or chose not to) or observe the law. In a different setting, he could have been penalised and punished for that action of not stopping at the zebra crossing; irrespective of his interpretation.
Always remember that knowledge empowers and delivers results into our hands.
God is on your side!