When my children were young, and we were in parking lots, I had them hold my hand as we walked. It’s just what a parent does. But, on occasion, one of my children (who shall remain nameless but has the initials ttj) would wriggle his hand out of mine and bolt across the lane. As he would attempt his escape, I would yell (yes, this is an appropriate time to yell at your children!) for him to stop and catch up to him real quick. I’d place his hand back into mine and off we’d go. He was safer with me, he just didn’t know it yet.
Some things in life take the passing of time and the gaining of wisdom to realize that there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about things. There’s a way that may look more enjoyable, maybe easier or more exciting in the temporary, but in the end is truly not in our best interest.
When the laws changed in Georgia requiring drivers to wear their seat belts, I felt the rebel in me puff up. I’m a rule follower, but I don’t always like being told what to do (who really does?). There were times, and as much as I don’t like admitting it, there still are, that I would purposely not put it on because it was “stupid”. Some people have actually been trapped by those belts in an accident and it didn’t end well! Those stories are few and far between, but I held onto them when the law passed.
As I grew older, and more mature, I realized that if I was going down the interstate at 80 mph and was in an accident, my belt had better be on. It would not end pretty if it was not! I realized over time, that I would be safer following the law, and so I began to obey it.
It’s only by God’s grace and mercy that I was given chance after chance to follow the law.
If there are instructions and guidance available before we make a decision, why wouldn’t we consult that? Why wouldn’t we want to find out what the best way to proceed would be and do that thing which is more likely to bring success?
“23 but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you.”
Go well with you…Go well with me…hhmmmmm.