An August 2005 story from Reuters News told about a man who stopped at a gas station in Italy. When his wife got out for the restroom without him noticing, he drove away. But what made the news was the fact that he didn’t notice she wasn’t in the car until he was tracked down by police 6 hours later. He told the officers he hadn’t noticed her missing because she always rode in the back seat with their little girl.
I don’t want to be too hard on this fellow. I’m sure he’s already had a lot of explaining to do. But you can’t help but wonder how someone could go 6 hours in a car and not speak to their spouse. Maybe it made international news because it’s such an extreme example of a weakness many of us have- failure to communicate.
Most of us spend many hours going places with our families. Let’s make it a habit to talk about the things of God while we travel, so we redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.