Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Driving with Blinkers

Its so funny to just notice every now and then people driving in traffic. Once  getting on the freeway, its like entering a "challenge" zone.
Everyone is on a mission to go somewhere.
People stare forward, barely noticing what happens on the side of them and often not even noticing what happens in front of them. (I speak from experience).
But when you get off the freeway and drive at a slower speed in residential areas and stopping and traffic lights and the like, you start to notice people looking around more often. While stopped, they look out the side windows at shops, car sales shops, people walking on the side of the road, potential danger etc.
What you also have the opportunity of doing is noticing the small things.
Comparing this to what happens at high speed on the freeway, we hardly notice anything next to us as we are on a mission to go forward ONLY.
The only time you will probably notice something on the side of you on the freeway is if you feel threatened or in danger, this causes you to look and deal with the issue.

Shouldn't our Christian walk be the opposite to this.
I see many similarities of our Christian walk and freeway driving. We are all on a mission to get further in our Christian walk, but we do it so quickly that we fail to notice the "things" happening on the sides of us. We don't see the attempts by the devil to tackle our believes, motives and growth. We don't see distractions coming to us so by the time we actually stop or slow down, it may be too late and we are already taken off course a little.
Often these little side distractions can cause a huge diversion for us in our Christian walk, but if we took things a little slower we could have noticed the distraction and dealt with it straight away instead going through a whole part of your life away from the chosen path of Jesus!

Next thing could be the music we listen to when we drive. Why do we put music on? Its to take our mind off of the traffic and surroundings and get on with our commute. I use music because, to me, it relates very much like a cover we put over ourselves so that we don't have to deal with the darts and issues coming in from the side of us. We feel safer by not dealing with the side issues and we think that if we just go forward and get to our destination, we have succeeded and anything that happened on the side is not our problem.

But this isn't true. All those "side things" do effect us. Some of them you don't even notice, but there are some that you do see, but don't acknowledge. This is like driving past a speed sign that tells you drive at a particular speed. It doesn't effect you. You think: "I know its there, but it doesn't effect me because I normally drive the right speed. If I go over the speed limit it doesn't really matter because everyone else is doing it".
Don't we do this in our Christian walk. We know there is dangers out there, and there are warnings all over the place, but we fail to react to the warnings because we think we are ok, but actually, the question is "Are we ok? Really?"
I am not one to talk here because I go over the speed limit almost everyday, but speed kills and so does ignoring the warning signs in our Christian walk. Something may not happen today or tomorrow or even in 2 weeks time, but one day you will get caught and satans attempt to get you offtrack will succeed.

Doesn't this happen to all of us? It certainly happens to me.