I write this as land moves past me below, yet I am still. A pane of glass protects me from what I imagine would be a deafening whirl of air. In about 180 minutes I’ll be landing on concrete again in a city that is ‘much more faster,’ using the words of a gentleman I met just before boarding my flight. He’s hoping to move back to my home city where he feels he can breathe better in a space not quite so occupied. And with traffic that moves much more steady, and maybe just a bit slower, he tells me.
I am reminded of my time just a couple of weeks ago, navigating the highways of Florida and Georgia. And, must admit, while keeping up with the speed of the traffic, I found myself glancing to the odometer often, trying to do the math in my head between miles ph to km ph, to figure out how fast I was going. ‘Cause it sure felt faster than what I normally drove at home. But I knew if I slowed down, it wouldn’t be wise. I didn’t want to hand-in my rental car with a crushed rear-end!
I had to follow the speed set by the multitude of other drivers to stay safe, to blend in, and to not cause harm to myself or others.
It’s the rules of the road.
Thankfully though, God’s road is much different. He isn’t going to give me a mean gesture, or get angry at me if I try to make U-turn in front of Him, or make me go at a speed that isn’t right for me. Instead He gives me assurance He has a plan for me that is good.
For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29: 11-13
If I do get off the wrong exit because I wasn’t paying attention, He doesn’t want me to be anxious or upset. Instead He wants me to take all my cares to Him and He will redirect my path.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 6:7
And even if I do make an error of judgement, and cause harm to myself and others, He never will condemn me. Instead He wants me to navigate the roads knowing that I am always His beloved.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3: 5-6
May you know, my friend, that unlike the speeding traffic of a highway, there is no speed you need to keep up with when it comes to our road with God, to be safe and unharmed. You are always, always loved by Him.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.