JOURNAL: There is currently a lot of construction all along my commute to work. The exit I get off to go to work is being completely revamped…or would that be re-ramped. Anyway…lots of construction and lanes moving all over the place on any given day.
This week, the lanes when you get off the freeway were all moved much closer making the turn a tighter and quicker one especially if someone is not paying attention and remembers they use to go much farther out. Well, someone not paying attention is exactly what happened to me yesterday morning.
Denice and I just purchased a new truck about a month ago. It does not even have 1000 miles on it yet and someone tried to put a dent in it. As I was coming off on the outside lane and turned the tighter turn, the car on the inside lane was not doing the wider turn but rather was doing the "old turn and was several feet into my lane which forced me out of my lane and almost into the pylons to keep them from hitting me. Because I noticed their mistake, I was able to avoid an accident. Needless to say, I proved to be human and was a little upset at that moment for sure. But by the time I had driven the last few minutes it takes to get to work, I was telling God that I was sorry I had gotten upset and I was grateful for being able to avoid the accident.
That evening, I told my wife, Denice, about it and after hearing the story, she asked a simple question. She said, “Why don’t you just go to the Eisenman exit?”
Eisenman exit is one exit and two miles farther. But where I work is a very big place and when you get off there, it is only a little past the buildings and plus, I work on that far side anyway? So why didn’t I exit at Eisenman? In the past, I just saw it as being out of the way even though this exit was specifically built to encourage employees to use it due to the huge volume of people exiting and entering the freeway there. But now after my close call and all the construction going on and that is going to be going on for a while, I decided that was “exactly” the right answer…at least for now for sure.
When I went in this morning, I used Eisenman and no one tried to run into me. There were not very many cars there at all so you might say it was surely the road and exit that is less traveled. And in reality, though the Eisenman exit may be a little farther, it probably does not take any more time to get to work and for me, it was the right decision.
There are situations in our lives that are like this example. It is not easy to be a Christian when it requires you to go against the grain of many things our culture finds perfectly acceptable. We can be careful and should be careful as we go through our everyday lives but sometimes, in some situations, it is better just to go to the next exit and take the road less traveled. Some things are just not worth the risk and sometimes, the easy answer and smart thing to do is to just not be there.
One quick and easy example is issues with sexual immorality. Our culture does not have a lot of problems with things the Word of God tells us is wrong. It is everywhere and it is shoved in our face at every turn. We are told to “FLEE” from sexual immorality. The Bible tells us to stand up against many things but sexual immorality and idolatry are two specific things that were are told to flee from. No doubt, many, many good people have been taken down by these things.
We are to be set apart. We are to be "in the world” but not “of the world.” We are to be salt and light to a bland and dark world. We are to be the Body of Christ that loves and speaks the truth in love and points to the one true way to God…Jesus. We are to love, forgive and have compassion on others in the same way that we are loved, forgiven and have been shown compassion by our Heavenly Father. And sometimes to be all these things, we have to choose different things in this life…live a different way…travel different roads and take different exits in life than others are taking.
To sum this up, we are told that the way to life is a narrow road. So if we look around and find ourselves on a big wide freeway type life that looks the other way for many things, we may want to re-evaluate our direction. We may want to put on the brakes and talk to the One that will lead us back to our final destination.
My Father, please show me Your road. Please show me Your best for my life. Show me and tear up the roads I have built and driven on without You and that keep me from all You have for me. I thank You in advance Great Lover of My Soul.
David L. Wood 2/19/2015 © All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the writer, David L. Wood.
Matthew 7:13-14New International Version (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. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (NIV)
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 10:14 (NIV)
Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.