A couple of year’s ago, I was driving home from church, an hour commute for me one way, when I came upon a horrific accident that providentially, was on the other side of the interstate. Cars were backed up for quite a distance and the police were in the process of closing the interstate. However, I noticed there were a few cars that were heading in the direction of the stopped traffic due to the accident, but hadn’t reached the point where they had to stop.
As we passed each other on opposite sides of the interstate I wanted SO much to be able to communicate with them about the impending conditions ahead of them. I wanted to be able to shout to them, “STOP! Turn around! Go back! There is an accident ahead, and you’re about to be stuck in traffic for a LONG time!” “You’re going to wind up going nowhere, real fast.” I wanted to be able to warn them, turn them around, help them avoid the disaster ahead.
Don’t you think God looks at our lives and often sees the same scenario? In his sovereign view of our lives He sees disaster ahead for us, in one area or another. Then He sees us barreling down the ‘interstate of our lives’ directly for it. How He must long to shout to us, “STOP! You’re going to wind up in a lot of trouble if you don’t turn around and change direction!”
Jeremiah 29:11 in the ESV says this, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” While this verse is specifically spoken to Israel, I believe it also applies to followers of Christ. God intends good for us, as long as we are in His will, attempting to follow His commands and looking to Him. But somehow, we find a way to get off course, lose our way and we often get stuck in a proverbial traffic jam.
Psalm 119:105 in the ESV, clues us in as to how we can see the way before us, it says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” God’s Word will enlighten our way if we are faithful to follow it. And while we’re not promised a life full of “roses and sunshine” who knows, it might just help us avoid disaster on the road ahead.