We were in a row boat, just fishing and enjoying the afternoon, when a speed boat went cruising by, a little closer than necessary. The passengers and “crew” aboard the speedboat were either completely oblivious to our presence or to the effect their wake would have on us, or simply didn’t care. Either way, the same results. We bounced on the waves, held on for dear life, and one in our little boat even made a hand gesture to denote our displeasure. The cruisers responded by lifting cans, seemingly toasting us, while laughing and giving each other high fives. We began to talk about the “wake effect”, how other people’s negligence or oblivious behavior can really rock our lives. The problem is that we often don’t know the intent: lack of caring or obliviousness. Do we frame the event in anger or do we mark it off as a moment we spent in someone oblivious wake.
I think in part that is what this scripture is about. As we grow in love and commitment to one another, we become aware of the effect of our own wake; that so often we are completely oblivious to its effect It is through love and growing in faith that we are able to forgive and be forgiven for the “wake effect”. Talk about rocking your world.