Over the years we have done a lot of traveling, but I have never seen a day like last Friday. It all started out with a “Construction Ahead” sign. One moment three lanes of traffic were doing 70 mph (don’t worry, it was legal), and the next moment – 0 mph! After thirty minutes and five miles, we discovered the reason – seven orange barrels were blocking the right hand lane in order to guard who knows what and not a piece of road construction equipment in sight. Then off to the races everyone went.
About an hour later it happened again, and then again, and then again, and then – I lost count of how many times we went through this routine. At first the back-ups upset me, and then I started becoming more upset with the way a lot of people were driving. Let me assure you, Dale Earnhardt lives on in every shape, form and fashion. It’s amazing how there can be three lanes of traffic, all going one way as fast as they can, and a car from the far left hand lane suddenly decide that he can make better time in the far right hand lane and off across the highway he goes. And to make matters worse, he only stays in the far right hand lane for a few moments because he realizes that maybe he should have stayed in the far left hand lane. Me? I just get in the middle lane and hope the guy doesn’t hit me.
There was one guy in particular; you could tell that he was obviously more important than everyone else on the highway. He had to be to act that way. I believe that he drove in every lane possible. Then, when everyone would have to come to another stop for the seven famous orange barrels, he would explode. As I watched him looking for a way to switch to another lane and advance fifteen feet, I thought about life and especially the Christian life. Either we can be like that guy and drive like a madman, or we can slow down, trust in the Lord and and keep making slow but steady progress.
Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither. Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. (Ps 37:1-3)
Let me paraphrase that passage – “Don’t worry about the guy who acts like he just got one car length ahead of you. Though his lane currently seems to be moving a little faster, in a moment it will be dead-stop. Stay in the lane God has given you and you will have a better chance of arriving safely at your desired destination.”