Case for Lateral Inversion
2 Peter 2:20-22
Message No. 0687 | Twitter @GodandUs | www.wisdom-speaks.ca
Have you ever wondered why the word ‘Ambulance’ is written in inverted format in front of the Ambulance vans? Looks like the word is unreadable and one would wonder why hospitals and medical centers would not want us to see the word properly or why they don’t want what we see to make sense to us. I have also noticed some Police vehicles with the word ‘Police’ written in the same inverted format. I wondered so much that I researched it (don’t blame me, I am no medical personnel and I have not heard the story before).
In many countries, the law says that when you see an ambulance or any other emergency vehicle racing behind you, you must give way and let it go. Unfortunately, because rear-view mirrors are capable of lateral inversion, when you are driving and you look at your rear-view mirror, the words you see are all inverted. But how can you give way if you are not able to read the emergency labels properly? So, in order to conquer this, it was decided that these words should be written in inverted formats so the rear-view mirrors would interpret them properly. This looks like the mathematical language which says negative multiplied by negative equals positive.
Think of the inverted word 'Ambulance' as a problem when you are looking at it head on. You are struggling to understand or interpret it, but when it’s in your rear-view mirror, you understand it clearly. When we see situations for the first time, sometimes we misunderstand it. We may make mistakes regarding the situations and sometimes we even sin. However, if we are flawed by a situation the first time, shouldn’t we naturally learn from it and not repeat the mistakes the next time we face the same situation? An adage says if a child falls down, he or she looks forward, but if an adult falls down, based on experience, the adult looks back to see why he or she fell.
The question we need to ask ourselves is, do we learn enough from our mistakes, so we do not repeat them in the future? When a mistake is in our rear-view, do we interpret them properly and avoid the same pitfalls? As we have been delivered from our sins, do we go back to them? Do we commit the same sins over and over again as though we are incapable of benefiting from lateral inversion? In 2 Peter 2:20-22, the Bible says:
If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”
Samson refused to learn from lateral inversion; Delilah spoke to him in very clear terms that she wanted to know the source of his power and how he may be afflicted. She actually practiced the affliction each time Samson told her a fake source of his power. If he was capable of learning from mistakes, he should have run for his life as he must have known that if he told her the truth, she would act on it, and he was going to get killed.
What mistakes have you repeated over and over? How many times more do you think you need before you finally know that the path you are walking in will only lead to pain? Is there a reason why we think that we could continue doing the same thing in the same way and yet expect a different result? Are we capable of learning?
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