Surface streets

As my car is now within 100 miles of the magical number of 200,000 errr, mile-stone, lots of  “little” maladies are beginning to make themselves known. Yesterday, while driving in the left lane and transitioning from one freeway to another, my car began to sputter, then konked out. Thankfully, it started right up again, and I was able to resume my journey.

However, my confidence in my ride was shaken.

It, then, seemed prudent to avoid the freeways, and use surface streets as an alternative. While being slower and indirect, I felt safer in the event of another breakdown.

Then God tapped me on the heart and said it was life lesson time. Little did I know at the time, within hours I would be getting an object lesson on this very topic.

I find myself in a situation where I have a beautiful and wonderful goal. Like a little puppy running downhill, my nature is to run just as fast as I can with my (metaphorical) ears and tongue flapping happily in the wind of my own speedy creation. However, doing so also puts me on the brink of losing control and experiencing an epic wipeout.

Surface streets. Slow and steady wins the race.

As I navigated through the surface streets yesterday, I actually drove through some beautiful neighborhoods. I saw people out enjoying a beautiful summer day. I couldn’t rush through it if I had wanted to.

More importantly, I reached each and every destination without further breakdown.


Oh, how I need to apply this principle to my life. I am trying. I must see the joy, beauty and safety of the surface streets that lead to my destination. In steaming through it on the autobahn of life, not only do I run the risk of a devastating collision of failure, but I’ll miss the beautiful views out my window.

I’m trying, Lord.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 3:12-14

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