Living in Delaware has afforded me the opportunity to be introduced to many new things. One is the ubiquitous “Hidden Entrance” caution sign. There were no such signs on the dusty roads of my youth. Of course, there were no hills, trees or winding roads either. Thus, no hidden entrances, except in the prairie dog towns, that is. But “Hidden Entrance” signs are everywhere ’round these parts!
These warning signs are to be taken seriously, too! If not, one can expect unwelcome surprises. When approaching hidden entrances, I’ve discovered two types of drivers to watch out for. First, there is “Timid Trina”. She noses her minivan into the intersection just far enough to force you to stop or swerve around her. My advice: For obvious reasons, never swerve!
“Rocket Rodney” is the second kind of driver for whom we should be on the alert. He races to the corner. He pauses briefly at the stop sign to be sure there is no oncoming traffic within fifteen feet. He then blazes into the intersection, pedal to the metal and tires screaming! My advice: Stay home, Rodney!
There are similarities between our daily lives and these northern Delaware roads. Indeed, the road we travel in life has many curves and—it sometimes seems—far too many uphill climbs. To be sure, there are many hidden entrances from which surprises lunge into our paths. We certainly do need to drive [live] carefully.
In fact, we should expect the unexpected. We should be prepared to stop. More than anything else, though, we should never swerve! If we do, we may have a head-on collision with disaster. We must not get off track. As the Apostle Paul said, “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58). No matter what surprises await you around the bend, stay true to the Lord. Remain faithful to the Lord’s will and committed to His cause!
Also, remember: We do occasionally take the wrong road. I could not write about driving in Delaware or life without mentioning this possibility. In such cases, as soon as we realize we are headed the wrong way, we should change courses quickly. Remember, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out [an exit] so that you can stand up under it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
God always provides a way out! Look for the exit sign. And, drive safely!
© Bill Williams
October 27, 2005