I travelled home yesterday from Hamilton to Forth via Lanark. I was at a meeting in Hamilton and I had a parcel to pick up at the post office in Lanark so I went via Crossford and Kirkfieldbank etc and into Lanark. This isn’t a road I drive very often although I have done it before. What struck me driving along that road wasn’t so much the twists and turns, the numbers of garden centres or negotiating parked cars in the villages but the road signs.
Have you noticed the signs on that road? The first I spotted was ‘Road liable to subsidence’. Great I thought as I looked around – I might fall off and end up in the water. I noticed several removable slow signs on a number of bends. But the next sign that really worried me was ‘road liable to be slippery’. To be honest I was tempted to go back and check I had read it right but now I was worried about sliding off the road as well as falling off the road. Is this the scariest road in Scotland?
In the journey of faith that we make day by day, what signposts are we seeing? Do we see the ones that suggest the road up ahead might be dangerous and unpredictable, and perhaps should be avoided? The other signs that caught my attention were the garden centres wanting you to stop and drink coffee in their coffee shop. Do you ever take time to stop and relax with God, to ponder or even read the newspapers with him? Or do you feel guilty about it? I wanted to stop but I had too much to do when I got home. Yet perhaps to get the strength to deal with the slippery road or the road that might be shaky and wobbly under me, I should have stopped.
God often puts signs up on our path but sometimes we miss them because we are so focussed on where we think we should be going. At other times we see the signs but prefer to ignore them. Thankfully at other times we are more willing to pay attention. What signs is God putting up for you at the moment?
Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest
Do not be afraid for I am with you always
Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations.
Peace be with you
Have a look around you and ask God to help you see the signposts that are for you. We know others put up signs to confuse us. The world demands more and more of us, but God is always there in the midst and only He truly has our best interests at heart. Not that His way is always the easiest way but he has promised never to leave us or abandon us. That road to Lanark might be dangerous but it is not impassable. I did not slid or fall off the road for I drove according to the conditions.
God will allow you to travel according to the conditions of the road you are on with him – so whether it is a gentle drive or rough road, trust God to show you the way.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:4-6 NIV
South Lanarkshire roads permitting – see you next week. 😉