Coming Your Way
At a convenience store, a silver truck entered the highway. On the highway, a white car speeding along barely missed hitting the truck. The white car's horn was blown by the driver continually down the road until the silver truck turned on to another road. As I witnessed this I said out loud "He pulled out in front of you, honking your horn now isn't going to change anything." I knew all the horn honking in the world wasn't going to make the truck magically be sitting back in the parking lot of the store courteously waiting for the car to pass. So what was the point?
This I suppose was a classic example of road rage. Someone cuts you off, pulls out in front of you, doesn't signal, or is just, in general, a bad driver. It makes you mad so you use your car horn to let them know you did not like it, no you did not like it, not one little bit.
The horn on the automobile is misused much more than used properly. This road rage I witnessed made me think of the saying, "God gave you a brain, use it!" (Not your horn) Using the horn to simply let a driver know you think they aren't too intelligent, only serves to make you look less intelligent than the person you are honking at. Truth is you might as well wave, smile, and continue on your journey. The driver is probably well aware of his bad driving and it isn't necessary for you to let him know with a lot of horn blowing.
The car horn is designed to alert others to potential dangers, of things that are about to happen. "Hey, here I am, coming your way; don't pull out in front of me!" "You are about to back into me." "You are about to run over that old lady." If it is too late to use the horn as a warning device, don't use it after the fact to simply express your irritation at someone's bad driving habits.
There are many things we could apply this to in our lives. If someone has done anything that can't be undone, it is sometimes kind of useless to let them know you don't like what they have done. Truth is they probably know exactly what they did to you. Why tell them something they already know? Tooting your horn continually about your displeasure with someone who failed to be nice to you isn't the best way to make them be nicer. Simply smile and continue on your journey. Don't make yourself look less intelligent than the person who has done you a disservice.
One more thing that came to mind as I thought of horn honking. One day there is going to be a sound of a trumpet that everyone will here. The purpose of this trumpet sound will be to let everyone know that Jesus is about to make His entrance back to this earth. The sound will not change anything that has already happened in anyone's life. It will be too late for any lifestyle change at that point. We won't be able to go back and magically redo anything that we have done. Our niceness or lack thereof will be totally irrelevant. All our goodness is as filthy rags in the first place. Only through the blood of Christ are we washed and cleansed of all unrighteousness. Jesus has already warned of the danger of sin and told us He would be back one day. Are you ready for that day? He is soon coming our way.