Strength in numbers.
Jeep strong, truckers strong, when we gather together under one accord, we show strength. We can do it rationally, calmly, respectfully, or not. Creating chaos may get attention, but it really won’t progress your cause. It will most likely, create resentment and anger. Think burning and looting.
This past Sunday the Jeep group I belong to, Just Jeepin’ for a Cause, supported a convoy of jeeps that did a Thin Blue Line run in support of the police and first responders. Over three hundred jeeps showed up. We started gathering at the Police station just before noon in preparation to pull out at two in the afternoon. We visited, we bought raffle tickets, we posed for photos, we ducked other jeeps and watched the flock of ducks on our personal jeeps grow. We were calm, rational, peaceful. A young boy prayed and we moved out onto the highway.
For a time, interstate 485 was our platform. We showed up and made a showing. We were fully escorted along the route. I can only imagine the thoughts and expressions on those who came up on us, those we passed, not knowing until that moment what was going on. A calm, peaceful, rational showing of support.
In Canada truck drivers have gathered in mass, showing strength in getting mandates stopped and removed. I have limited knowledge over what has been going on though I know it has caused life to be interrupted in many ways. Has it been fully peaceful and calm? That I seriously doubt. Emotions are high all the way around. Do I understand why this is happening? Yes. Rumors are growing that a similar event will be happening here in the United States. Will it be a calm, rational, respectful event? I pray so but only time will tell.
Once upon a time, families gathered for reunions. They would come from where ever they had settled to visit and eat large amounts of food. People reconnecting with each other and learning how their lives have gone. I congratulate those who still do this in any level, family strength is a life blood.
Church family gatherings hold great spiritual strength. True, Bible believing churches are the ones who live like Christ. Who show the love, who show the compassion of Christ. Praying for each and all, then putting hands and feet to those prayers by reaching out and taking care of those in need. We are told when we gather in His name, He is with us: https://www.biblehub.com/matthew/18-20.htm
Once upon a time, neighbors would gather to help neighbor. Together they would build barns, harvest crops, I’ve even seen a video where a gathering of men, physically moved a large barn by hand. Not one of those small buy at your local home and garden center barn but an enormous, wooden hulk of a barn. There is strength in numbers.
Many animals live in groups, be it packs, flocks, or which ever term is applied. In these groups they protect each other, lead each other and help provide food for each other. Even insects such as ants and bees, live in colonies.
Gathering in mass can be a positive. It can be constructive and get results. As I have seen when toy runs have taken place, when trailers are filled. When the jeep group called for donations for Kentucky and more than two semi trailers were filled. It can also be the opposite if those gathering are bent on darkness. It is important that we focus on gathering for good, for gathering in support of what would make life better, to show we support those who risk everything to make life better. There is strength and power in numbers. It is up to us, how we make use of that power.
Good challenge Rebecca