“For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.”
— Job 3:25
A few days ago the closing story of the world news with Diane Sawyer was about a prank a group of coworkers pulled on a car salesmen. Jeff Gordon, the racecar driver, was in a disguise posing as a customer looking to buy a new car. After the sales pitch, Jeff and the salesman took the new car for a test drive.
The car was set up with cameras and microphones prior to the scheduled prank. It was a four-minute ride the salesman will never forget. The fear in his voice and the expressions on his face were very funny to see and hear. The salesman had no idea it was Jeff Gordon driving and that his coworkers were pulling a very scary prank on him. When they got back to the dealership and stopped the car, the salesman jumped out and said he was calling the police because the man driving was crazy and he was going to have him committed to a hospital because he was crazy.
After Jeff took off the disguise and they got the salesman quieted down so they could explain to him what they had done, the salesman changed his attitude (and probably his underwear) and joined in the laughter and accepted what had happened to him with good humor and wanted to go for another ride. It was funny to watch, but I had compassion for the salesman because of the deep fear he was experiencing. The salesman had no control over what was happening to him and he couldn’t do anything about it except hold on until the car stopped...