Recognizing the Rumble Strips of Life
The other day, I needed to pull off the freeway for a moment, and as my tires crossed the white line at the edge of the pavement, I heard a particularly unpleasant sound.
Later, as I returned to the road, I heard the sound again – a vibrating hum – and I realized it was caused by small grooves that had been installed to warn drivers not to leave their lane, perhaps as a result of falling asleep at the wheel.
More recently, on a regular run along a rural road, I have noticed that when vehicles cross the center lane, often at a wide curve, that a similar vibrating sound can be heard.
Similarly, these are grooves which alert the driver not to cross into on-coming traffic.
These are "rumbles strips" – engineered to warn of imminent danger.
I suppose in most cases, we are aware of the possibility of danger in our own lives.
For example, a person with a peanut allergy must read every label very carefully and avoid eating candy or dessert that is offered unless its ingredients can be confirmed.
An alcoholic who has achieved victory over his addiction must avoid social settings where liquor may be offered – the possibility of lapsing back into dependence is just one glass away.
Even someone on a diet can be aware of the temptation of a particular treat at a certain restaurant, so to achieve success he must stay away from it and drive right by.
Perhaps in your own life, you are fully aware of a particular danger but you can sometimes choose to give in to its allure.
Someone once said that there are five incorrect responses to such temptations: excuse them, ignore them, justify them, deny them, and blame others.
The Bible calls giving in to temptations "sin".
The Bible explains it this way: "Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart."
You may have stumbled dozens of times and found yourself feeling defeated and empty.
But there is hope – there is the wonderful opportunity to change, to turn your life around!
You may be familiar with this Bible verse, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life."
Jesus, who was perfect, chose to die on the cross – and rise again – for you; he did this in order that you may be delivered from your sins if you believe in him personally.
It also says in the Bible that, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Think for a moment about your "private sins" – the dark things in your life that only you know about.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could be delivered from the power of these temptations?
Wouldn't you like to start fresh and live a life that is filled with optimism, trust and peace?
You can! Why not reach out to God through Christ and surrender your life to him?
It says in the Bible: "As for me, I will call upon God, and he will save me."
You can not only be healed but you can also receive the power – through prayer – to overcome evil from the God who created you and loves you!
Today would be a great time to make your decision to follow Christ, to make him your Lord and Savior.
And, next time you hear the sound of the rumble strips beneath your tires, remember that through Christ you can overcome the danger in your life and face your future boldly and with confidence