Published April 25, 2017

Shelia Shares

It was a Saturday morning, so the roads were full of cars. The car in front of me was going slowly. My mind was on a lot of things. So, it was a bit unexpected when the car in front of me stopped.

It didn't slow down. It stopped. Right there in the middle of the road. Then, it slowly started again.

I knew I would make a left at the next corner, so I continued to follow the car at a safe distance. Wouldn't you know it, they put on their blinker to turn at my corner.

After stopping for a while in the middle of the road, the car made a very wide turn. I turned, as did the car behind me. Five yards down that street, we once again came to a dead stop in the middle of the street. That was enough for the car behind me. He flew past us both.

We started off again. At the end of that street, I turned left and, I was glad to see, the slow car continued plugging along straight ahead.

We were driving close to a state driver testing location and I assumed that this was an inexperienced driver. The large irregular corner turns, the driving off the side of the road and the unexpected dead stops fostered that idea.

I hope this driver soon realizes that driving too slowly and making sudden "no reason" stops can be as dangerous as driving too fast.

It got me thinking, though, about how we can sometimes "drive" erratically in our spiritual lives.

We're "driving along spiritually" doing our Bible reading and praying. Then, we stop. We get too busy and throw out spending any quality time with God. When we "drive off the side of the road," we don't even realize it. We're just too busy. And the spiritual gets left behind to go where it will.

A circumstance in life happens and suddenly we don't know what we believe. Someone throws a new idea our way and it is tempting to stop where we are and go wherever it leads. We see an obstacle in our path and we want to find a smoother road to travel. We know God is asking us to do something and, well, we just don't want to do it.

We make a sudden stop and look for a "smooth road" that will take us to a more comfortable place.

We are all on this journey of life. Losing our focus on the road that is set before us is dangerous to us and to those around us. Keep driving. Don't be distracted by fear or by those around you. The mansion is already built for you and waiting at the end of the road. Drive steadily forward. Don't stop now.

- Shelia

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