It was about a three and half hour trip home and I was ready to get home after being in a meeting most of the day. After I had been traveling about an hour the female voice on my GPS, my wife in a box as my wife calls her, informed me there was an accident on I-40. This would cause me to be delayed about 20 minutes if I stayed on the current route. However, there was another route found that would route me around the accident, if I wanted to take it press Accept. Well, I wanted to get home as quickly as possible so I pressed Accept.
After traveling the new route a little way the lady on the GPS stated she had found a faster route, did I want to accept. Well, what do you think! I want to get home, so why wouldn’t I take a route that is faster, so once again I pressed Accept for the faster route.
The GPS lady then proceeded to instruct me to turn down a road that went into the country in areas I probably have never been in the state – beautiful farm country. Then she wanted me to turn on another country road. Then another. Then another. After several miles of turning down these country roads I started to get a little frustrated and I said aloud, “Where are you taking me!” It was then I notice this big red octagonal sign that said STOP! that seemed to popped up out of the ground like in one of those video games. I was so close I didn’t have time to react. I did one of those quick left-to-right looks to see if another car was coming as I blew right through the stop sign at about 55 miles per hour. As I Looked in the review mirror to see if the local Deputy Sheriff was watching, I thanked God that He had not allowed someone to be coming through the intersection at the same time.
That’s when God reminded me He puts Stop Signs in our lives from time to time. A familiar passage to many of us came to mind, Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” Sometimes in life when we are on a path that may seem strange and uncertain maybe that is a warning to us that we need to slow down and possibly even stop and listen to God. I was recently reminded that God is constantly changing our visions and direction in the different seasons of our lives. Sometimes we are in such a rush to get to the next adventure, like I was to get home that day, we fail to see the warnings signs that God is giving us to STOP, “Be still and know that I am God.”
If we rush through those spiritual stop signs it could led to disastrous consequences, just like that physical stop sign I ran on that country road. Fortunately, the only consequence for me was the quickening of the pitter-patter of my heartbeat for a few moments. But it could have been much worse. Not only for myself, but for my family and the individual and their family if I had hit someone. When we run through God’s spiritual stop signs the consequences could also affect those around us, not just us.
If you feel uncertain or flustered with events in your life maybe God is holding up a spiritual Stop Sign. If decisions are hard and you cannot get a sense of direction maybe God is holding up a spiritual Stop Sign. Maybe there has been a change in life, loss of a job, new job, sickness, death of a love one, even retirement, maybe God is holding up a spiritual Stop Sign.
God desires for us to sometimes STOP so we can reflect on where he has taken us, review what He has taught us, what we have learned while on that path, and hear clearly what God has for us as we continue in His will. So, beware of the spiritual Stop Signs in life where you may need to be still and know that God is God. Don’t blow past them in your haste to get something accomplished like I did on that country road that day. The consequences could be disastrous.