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"The driving is like that of Jehu son of Nimshi-he drives like a madman." (2 Kings 9:20 NIV)
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” Matthew 7:13 (NIV)
Driving at 65 km now seems fast compared to the walking and public transport I used the last two years. Even at five kilometers over the posted maximum speed limit there always seems to be an impatient driver behind my car. A person who will make numerous lane changes to get ahead or to speed up the process of getting to their destination.
The impatient driver that sped past me will sometime indicate his annoyance by giving me the “look”. In most cases as I have observed, I will meet this driver at the next stop light, sometimes both cars are parallel to each other or one car length behind. Our driving habits or driving in our society can tell a lot about how we live.
The Christian life is a race not for those who finish first but for those cultivating a steady, patient and obedient attitude during the journey to heaven. This is difficult because we live in age defined by speed. Got to have it now! Got to get there fast!
This can drive our life to the point that we become a Christian who is or always considering changing lanes on the narrow way. A desire to have a faster version of God’s promises for our life result in the signals we turn on; impatient with the local church direction, impatient in marriage, dating and loving one another.
Like driving, a spiritual signal from a distant can alert others of your intentions so that counsel can be given or sought out. The signal that is only turned on during the process of changing direction is un-safe and can harm the driver as well as others.
There is a constant risk in changing lanes, even though our signal is turned on. It is called the “blind spot”; it is the area where the car mirrors are not sufficient to display all other vehicles. Drivers have to always check their blind spot by looking over their shoulder to make sure it is safe to turn right or left. When I do this my kids in the back seat wonder why is daddy looking at us.
Sometimes we are so sure of the direction we want to go that we fail to acknowledge and check for spiritual blind spot. This is an area in our Christian life that maybe void of contentment, gratitude and joy. In haste our personal vision is not sufficient to see that the devil and his many schemes are waiting to collide with us. Checking our spiritual blind spot means a consistent movement of our heart, head and eyes to God.
On the narrow road, movement will be slower than on the highway due to traffic lights. Sometimes God will flash the red light, Stop! A light to caution and the light to proceed. The spiritual highway many desire to travel on does not allow for God’s intervention.
In our spiritual drive changing lanes does not always ensure that we are moving faster, rather we become more stressed and impatient. We then miss the joy and lesson of the experience like Jesus saying, “follow me” even though you think I am driving to slow. Don’t miss the John 13:34 road sign on your right (A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another) or pull aside on the shoulder at the Psalm 46:10 sign ("Be still, and know that I am God).
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08 Jul 2005
This is a good article and a good analogy. I believe that the concept can be developed even more to bring out the different aspects and make them more real to the reader. Keep up the good work!
06 Jul 2005
Chris, This is a good analogy and a great lesson. Well stated. Blessings.
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