Double Lines

Those pesky double lines on a roadway come along at the most inconvenient time. Always when I am crunched for time…and always when I get stuck behind someone driving too slow. Or maybe they are just driving…slower than me! Whether its a double line or a dotted line with a solid line on my side it is aggravating to say the least when I am trying to get somewhere and I cannot pass the vehicle ahead of me.

The other morning on my way to work there was no vehicle in front of me and as I took notice of those double lines I also glanced ahead…down the road. The roadway curved to the left around a group of trees. It was impossible to see what was ahead. My view was obstructed by the curve in the road… and those trees. I considered how often we encounter the solid line while we’re driving and how seldom we think about the warning for what might be ahead because we are consumed with thinking about what …or who…we believe is in our way right in front of us.

Someone took that road ahead of us. They carefully took into consideration the obstructed view and planned out the warning signals that we would need for potential danger ahead. Those solid lines on the road are meant to protect us from what we cannot see. If that is what you do for a living – thank you for saving my life – on more than one occasion!

Obstructed views are God’s specialty! There are a number of Scriptures that tell us of how God goes before us. Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” God knows the obstructions in our way. He’s already gone before us. If we spend time with Him, He will lead us on the wide open roads and the narrow paths that encounter slow movers and obstructed views. God is teaching us to not be in such a hurry. Take a deep breath. Be kind to the ones moving slower than we are. Enjoy the view. I believe its the one He wants us to slow down enough to see!

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