Law of the Boomerang

One of the tapes my children are happy to listen to repeatedly is Patch the Pirate’s Down Under. Despite the fact that the story is a mixture of spiritual truth (a positive) and an unbelievable story line (a negative), the kids have learned some good things from it. One of the truths taught in it is the law of the boomerang. The “law” is based on a statement in the Bible, which says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7). The basic idea is that we will eventually receive results from our actions. Good actions tend to have good results while bad actions have the opposite. Today, I unexpectedly experienced the law of the boomerang.

While traveling to the Detroit Auto Show, I alternately switched places with a young man driving a well kept Buick Riviera from the late 80’s. After a while, he sped ahead and was lost to sight. But twenty minutes later, I saw him pulled over with his emergency lights flashing. So, I quickly pulled over to see if he needed help. But before I could back up to his car, he flashed his lights, put on his turn signal, and got back on the highway. I never did figure out what he was doing, but he smiled as he passed us … once again. We met for the last time at the tool booth. He took a while and seemed to be talking with the cashier a bit longer than was to be expected. But he finally pulled away. Then when I pulled up, the lady refused to take my payment. She said, “The man ahead of you payed your toll. He really appreciated the fact that you pulled over to help him.”

That was the best thing that happened all day. It kinda made me want to do it more often.

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