May 19, 2018
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6
Recently, I was driving out of a large, fairly empty, parking lot, and I was looking ahead to where my path would intersect with a main road. All of a sudden, a car came speeding across the parking lanes and the marked path I was on. I had to stop abruptly to avoid an accident. It did not surprise me that someone would shortcut across a parking lot (I have done it myself), but the car came from a place that was not easily seen, and it was also traveling at way too high a speed. The driver’s recklessness almost caused us both to crash.
As I thought about this driving situation, it came to mind that it paralleled a personal situation I was dealing with. I was feeling badly about a family breaking up, and wondering about the choices people make. Because of one person’s carelessness, another person was deeply hurt. It did not seem right to me, but my experience in the parking lot was a good object lesson. Just as I could not control the other driver’s actions, we cannot control other people’s choices. We can only make good decisions for ourselves, and trust the Lord to lead us in the best possible path.
The Bible gives us guidelines to live by so that we can all safely reach our final goal. If everyone stayed within those guidelines, things would go so much more smoothly! But not everyone does. Some go off, entirely on their own, disregarding the guidelines and the safety of others. We must remember that it is important to follow God’s instructions not only for our own good, but also for the sake of those who will be affected by what we do.
No matter what paths others choose or how we are impacted by them, we can still make it to our goal of Heaven if we just keep following the way the Lord leads us.