Posted by: Jo | October 30, 2015

Road Signs

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you”

(Psalm 32:8)

image This year we have had two family members go for road tests to obtain their driver’s license. One was our teenage granddaughter, getting her first ever license, and the other was a son-in-law needing to change his foreign license to a current Canadian one. In both cases there was a strict procedure to follow, first a written test to make sure applicants knew and understood all the road signs, secondly the road test to see if those taking the test strictly followed the rules of the road which were posted clearly in sight of all drivers. As I was driving in our neighbourhood this week I was observing the many signs that have been designed to keep both drivers and pedestrians safe and thought this is a wonderful example of how we need signs in our Spiritual journey to allow us to live life to the fullest and I grasped what the Lord was saying through the Psalmist in Psalm 32:8, that he will be the one to teach us how to navigate life’s highway.

As I was driving up to an intersection I saw the sign, YIELD I knew I had to stop and give way to any other car approaching and thought what a pity we don’t see that huge sign when we are involved in a heated argument with another.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3)

image The next sign I passed was at the ramp that led onto the highway, MERGE. If only that sign was apparent above terrible divisions that occur in church congregations where neither side is willing to merge into one united body of believers.

“I appeal to you, brothers in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no division among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)

The next sign that alerted me read WARNING, uneven rough surface ahead.

How many times in our life do we need to observe that wise sign and be prepared for what is coming and to remember that when we are facing rough times in our journey we can remember that our Heavenly Father has gone before us and remain calm as his words comfort us.

“…I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble..” (Jeremiah 31:9)

As I continued my drive I approached a school zone where a huge sign was obvious to all, SLOW DOWN

In this present age, life seems to be a hectic race against time and all the time saving devices that have been invented seem to have the opposite effect. imageCramming exercise, driving children to activities, taking yet another life skill course, working etc. seem to crowd the days so that all important message of slowing down gets lost. Time to be rejuvenated by spending time just enjoying life with friends and loved ones seems to get lost, but most of all we need to slow down to spend time with our Heavenly Father to draw on his love and guidance and allow him to be our navigator on the road of life.

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  1. My favourite of your signs in “merge”. It is wonderful that those of us who have been brought up in different faith traditions can merge more easily now through mssages like yours Jo.

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  2. Very well said Jo. Henceforth road signs will take on a new meaning for me. Don’t forget “The Beast on the road!” as well. Thanks again old friend.

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  3. So interesting that this message came in as I was poring over the map to get your daughter and I to the Half Marathon on the weekend. It’s true. We often miss the signs that are clearly marked out for us. How blessed are we that our Father in Heaven goes before us. Thank you, yet again, for the timely reminder.

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    • Thank you, Michelle Safe running on Sunday!

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