On my way to work every day I have to drive under an old, old, old train crossing. From the looks of it, it was likely built during the Depression era. It’s very narrow, so you have to slow down to go through it, and they have warnings posted that it isn’t very tall. In other words, you really need to think before entering. There is also a traffic light just after going under the bridge. I always hope that if that light turns red, I won’t get stuck sitting under that antique bridge while a very large, very heavy train is rolling over the top of me.
Two days ago, I was driving to work, headed toward the underpass. There were lights flashing everywhere. As I approached, it was very evident what had taken place. A diesel truck driver did not heed the warnings. He had driven under the bridge. While his cab made it, the trailer did not. It was about three feet into the underpass with its top peeled back, stuck. Really stuck.
This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this over the years. As I drove by, I thought to myself, “Wow. It takes a really brilliant person to ignore all those warnings and still drive under that tiny old bridge. Besides that,” I thought, “I bet that has weakened that old bridge even more and now it’s less secure than before!”
Suddenly it struck me that I had been just like that truck driver. Growing up I had been raised with the Word of God as my guide. My parents instructed me in right and wrong. The Bible gave me direction on the way to live to avoid pain and destruction. I had been warned. And, yet, many of my decisions and choices ignored all of those warnings. I chose to do things my way, even though I had been told what the outcome of those choices would be.
Can you relate? Why do we do that? Do we think we’re the exception to the rule? Do we think that somehow we know better than what has been proven over and over to be true?
Psalm 25:4-10 (NIV)
4 Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
It’s easier to heed the warnings from the beginning and avoid the heartache that results from disobedience. However, the good news is, we have a loving Heavenly Father who is always there, waiting with open arms, to forgive and forget. We just have to ask Him.
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