This is a bonus Orthodox Trucker post for #bloginstead. #Bloginstead is a movement created by a dear friend of mine who is trying to encourage deeper personal connections. It involves less Facebook and click liking. Instead it relies on blogging and interaction through comments and people following each other. It allows for a deeper level of online communication. it may be somewhat slower and less technological, but it does allow for a deeper human connection. So thank you to Melinda Johnson for bringing us all together to become a part of Blogtown!
Here is today’s bonus post.
In the trucking community there is a simple phrase all beginners learn. It’s called three points of contact. It’s simply refers to the fact that when you climb into or out of a big rig, you are supposed to have three points of contact at all times. One foot is usually on a step, while your hands are gripping one of the two handles on each side of the open door. You can also grab onto the steering wheel as you climb in or out. Three points of contact is so important because if you’re not practicing it on a daily basis, eventually you’ll do something wrong and hurt yourself.
The cab of a semi is several feet higher than your standard car or pickup. So practicing a method of safe entrance or exit from the vehicle can mean the difference between having a good day and breaking your foot… which is exactly what I did last week.
Okay so I didn’t actually break my foot, but I wasn’t following the rule of three points of contact and I was in a hurry. So I just jumped out of my truck. My feet landed on the hard asphalt and I got to work. It was Monday morning and snowing hard and of course I had to put my chains on. I didn’t feel the pain until the next morning. Dang my foot hurt so bad. There wasn’t any swelling, but it was tender to touch in several spots. I spent all day Tuesday and Wednesday with a severe limp. I was certainly paying for my mistake. Luckily by Friday afternoon my foot had pretty much healed. I now think that I just bruised the muscles and didn’t break anything. Still, I should have known better.
The good thing though was that by focusing on the rule of three points and the reasoning behind it, I was able to see a beautiful parallel regarding something else that comes in three. My injury forced me to remember my CDL training and the importance of safety, but through my pain I was beautifully reminded of the Holy Trinity, and how all of existence comes from this Holy Triune.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The three points of the Holy Trinity. Three points of contact. It’s a simple lesson, but a great reminder. Just like having three points of contact is a foundation for truck safety, the Holy Trinity is truly the foundation for everything. Our world and our existence would not exist without God the Father, and our salvation wouldn’t be possible without the Son. We profess in the Nicene Creed that the Holy Spirit is the Giver of Life, but can you imagine what our world would be like without this third part of the Trinity? It’s moments like this when I focus on my existence and that of which is eternal, that I must take a moment and give thanks to the Lord above and for his blessings and mercy.
Three points of contact. Three parts of the Holy Trinity. Both are one but in three parts. Didn’t think trucking could be used as a way to explain Christianity did you?
What are your thoughts? Where do you see examples of faith in yoyr ow. life? I hope you enjoyed reading and I’ll see you at my next post on Tuesday.
Three points of contact! It’s about safety.