Psalm 48

“They were stunned, they were terrified, they panicked.” (48:6)

I remember in driver’s training, reviewing what to do when something unexpected happens. If the car goes into a skid, we learned to take our foot off the brake and pump the brakes gently, steering in the direction the car was traveling. I needed to unlearn this behavior when I bought a car with anti-lock brakes and learn instead to steadily keep my foot on the brake. The goal was to prepare us to make split-second decisions correctly, so we wouldn’t panic and freeze. There is no way to prepare for every unexpected event, but we can remember to breathe and think our way out of the situation the best we can.

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2 thoughts on “Psalm 48

  1. I don’t know about that, Rabbi. You are right about turning the car in the direction of the skid but just braking firmly depending on the anti-lock brakes to save you is not necessarily a good idea. Generally the less braking the better.

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    • You know more about driving than I ever will, but I think in this case I wasn’t clear about what I learned originally and what new behavior I needed to learn. I’ve edited the post to clarify. I don’t mean that I’ve been told to jam my foot on the anti-lock brakes. I meant that I’ve been told to break steadily, rather than firmly.

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