image source: TCP Signs
People who don’t know (or just don’t care) how to merge are one of my biggest pet peeves. Unfortunately, I can hardly drive anywhere in Memphis without encountering places where merging is required. If everyone would just merge as soon as possible, traffic wouldn’t even have to slow down. People who wait until the last second to merge not only make the rest of us have to slow down, they inevitably slow themselves down, and they’re more likely to cause an accident. It makes me batty that there are ALWAYS people who just don’t get that.
Yesterday afternoon, my self-righteous attitude while driving suddenly crumbled when I remembered a Bible verse I had focused on during my journal time earlier this week. The verse was Proverbs 29:1, which reads:
“One who is often reproved, yet remains stubborn,
will suddenly be broken beyond healing.”
I’ve been feeling rather off-kilter lately, and this verse prompted me to take a hard look at some areas in my life that need fixing. Some are in my control and some are not, but I can still work on my attitude and response towards those I can’t control. There’s just one problem: enacting change is HARD! I’d much rather passively go along with change that happens around me, like summer changing to fall. Most of life just doesn’t work that way, though, and if I stubbornly continue to resist change, to keep doing things the way I already do, then eventually things will end up beyond my ability to repair them.
I’m not sure when or even why I had written “The time to change is NOW!” in the margin next to this verse, but it may be even more true today than ever before. In these areas of my life, I’m driving in a lane that’s going to end, and I know it. If I don’t merge soon I’m going to cause a lot of trouble at best, and crash at worst.
For example, one of the issues (sadly not even close to being the only one… my list was pretty substantial) that I identified in my journal is my weight, which has been on the rise since Big Boy’s job drama began over a year ago. I can definitely tell my body is getting older: it’s harder to exercise, easier to gain weight, and much harder to “bounce back.” The longer I put off getting control of my weight, the harder it’s going to be!
Ecclesiastes 11:4 says, “Whoever observes the wind will not sow; and whoever regards the clouds will not reap.” In other words, a farmer who only goes out on days with perfect weather won’t get any work done. A driver who waits until there are zero cars around to change lanes will find herself stopped in front of a line of orange cones. Or, as Stephanie of the blog Homegrown Hospitality put it (I LOVE her handwriting and her “doodles,” as she calls them!):
image source: Homegrown Hospitality
So it turns out I’m not any better than those drivers who don’t merge well, thereby inconveniencing everybody else. Dang.
Are there any road signs in your life that you aren’t heeding? What is stopping you from changing lanes? What might happen if you wait?
Thanks be to God, who never ignores us, and who gives us the grace and the promise that nothing – not even our stubbornness! – can change his love for us or break his relationship with us beyond repair!
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
- Romans 8:38-39