Along Life’s Road
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. — Matthew 5:8.
Today I go into the Along Life’s Road archives to reprint an article that was first printed on June 1, 2006. There is no denying that the chaotic state of confusion, stress, duress, loss of income and more has been charged to the massive undertaking of road works. By the time the majority of citizens finally arrive home, only good religion can make one remain pure in heart.
In using my knowledge over the years of the streets of my birth place, New Providence, I get “relief” from traffic jams by following my “traffic treasure hunt” to arrive at my intended destination. Such was the case a few evenings ago as I turned off Peardale and through a corner that leads into Claridge Road. Once I get onto Marathon Road via the mall and through Marathon, it is “easy sailing to home base”. It is a joy, as I easily get to where I want to go in spite of the vehicle crowded streets.
What’s more, I get to see and feel more as I turn and turn and turn. I see the inner city for what it is really worth. I see people for who they are. I see poverty that is crying for help. I see people who are really trying to improve themselves and I see people who just don’t give a donut. They love to be surrounded by filth, laziness and decadence.
I see immigrants take over front streets and heavily inject their culture, insomuch that you see as broad as daylight, another land transplanted before your very eyes. I see people with no love for country or countrymen as they map a way for anyone to come in and do as you please. I see, I see, I see — and believe me, even if you are blind you still can see!
As I made my way onto Claridge Road via Peardale and waited in the car procession I saw a sight — five children between the ages of perhaps seven and nine years of age in front of a house. The yard was fenced in, clean, and the house had a nice coat of paint. Five children — four girls and a boy.
These children were oblivious to the traffic through their corner. The center of their attention was a soft drink that was being passed from mouth to mouth. I watched as each waited their turn for a sip and when finished did a little dance, then the other took command of the yellow straw.
Then it was the turn for the boy who was the tallest and perhaps the oldest among the five. He held the straw to his mouth for a second, squeezed the bottom of the container, took a sip and then folded it up in his hand and did a Dwayne Wade shot to the barrel just on the side. Of course he got left “holding the empty bag.” What a sight! I wish I had captured it on film. Better still, it was in the videogram of my mind. Oh the pureness of heart of little children, I said to myself as the traffic slowly began to move.
Today, Jesus speaks to all of us as He did to His disciples. Matthew wrote that on seeing the multitude, Jesus took the opportunity to go up on a mountain to teach. Today, when we see crowds, in some cases we see opportunities to advance our own personal gain. We see crowds as how best to make usury and not upliftment nor fulfillment. Rather than teach crowds, we brag about crowds and hold it as a whipping stick over the heads of others.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad for great is your reward in heaven. For so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
As for me today, I am going to buy a case of that soft drink I saw those children drinking. Like I said, as I drive I see, so I also know where I am going to purchase it. And I am going to take it to the house where I saw five young children give a good and clear example of what it means to be “pure in heart”, even though they and their parents may be poor in pocket. What is the spiritual EKG of your heart today?
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