Staying in your lane

For those of us that drive, one of the most annoying things in the world is to be on the road with a distracted driver.  Whether they are on their phone, yelling at their kids, or deep into whatever music is on, it can be aggravating!  Sometimes a distracted driver will cut you off on the road without warning causing you to have to slam on your brakes, or swerve into your lane, putting your life and your passenger’s life in danger without even knowing it. 

The crazy thing about it, is when you honk your horn to let them know, or hurriedly pass them, and shoot them a death glance, they will often look at you—the frustrated party like you’re the one who was in the wrong.  Now, you’re frustrated with them, they think you’re this rude (or crazy) person, and all of this could have been avoided if they would have just stayed in their own lane, maintained their own speed, and did their own thing so you could just do yours.

There may be hundreds of reasons for their actions.  They may be on the phone trying to get directions to a hospital where their loved one is or cut you off in a hurry to get to that oh-so-important job interview that could make the difference between them being homeless or not, or even lose themselves in their music to avoid dealing with a painful issue. 

We live like this.  We are the drivers.  Sometimes, the only thing we want to do is get where we’re going.  We get on the road, we know the destination, and our focus is getting there.   There is nothing wrong with this.   This is exactly what we’re meant to do; to get to the next place our life is supposed to take us. 

On our way there though, we do have to be aware of the distractions, and figure out when to pay attention and when to ignore them.  God will place distractions in our lives for different reasons.  Sometimes he’s delivering warnings to us, trying to tell us some things we need to know, or making sure we don’t miss something that could help us later down the line. Heeding these lessons may seem to slow us down at first, but in the end, it only lessens the amount of speed bumps in life.

Fear, doubt, insecurity—these are just some of the dangerous distractions that will try to slow you down, or re-direct you completely from where you’re supposed to be.  Don’t be fooled by those things, they will stifle your progress, or lead to your destruction!  Be led by God’s Positioning Service, and for the rest of your life, regardless of what is happening around you—remember you will get to where you are supposed to be as long as you always stay in your lane.

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