As many of you no doubt know, unlike the yellow cabs in the United States, taxis in the Caribbean are driven by individual owners. It may say “Charles Taxi” on the side, and there may be the name of a hotel or charter operation as well, but the distinguishing feature of all of them seems to be thoughts like, “Go to Church this week” and “I Love the Lord,” or “Jesus is Mine.”
I came across a prayer in a prayer book by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, An African Prayer Bookthat really says it best for all these drivers and even us too.
The motor under me is running hot. Lord,
There are twenty-eight people and lots of luggage in my bus.
Underneath are bad tires.
The brakes are unreliable.
Unfortunately, I have no money, and parts are difficult to get.
I did not overload the truck.
“Jesus is mine”
is written on the vehicle,
for without him I would not drive a single mile.
The people in the back are relying on me.
They trust me because they see the words:
“Jesus is mine.”
I trust you.
Seems to me that we could go a long way to let others know who is riding with
us – and prayers on the Interstates or state highways – with our eyes open of
course – wouldn’t be such a bad idea would it?