God’s Word for Today: Bump
Job 11:16. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by.
Yesterday, we talked about all the speed bumps in Paraguay and Brazil that are an attempt to control driving velocity. They exist because speed limits are largely ignored. The disregard for other people’s safety is left at home. The huge speed bumps are a necessity. They are also a huge pain in the back side.
I couldn’t tell you for sure the number of speed bumps between the town I live in, and the closest city we go to occasionally for shopping excursions. If I was to guess, the number would be somewhere between 25 to 30 in a total of 90km or roughly 56 miles. So, let us conveniently say (for simple math’s sake) there are 28 of these speed bumps. That is an average of 1 speed bump for every 2 miles or 3.2km. This really doesn’t sound too bad, but if you think about it on your next drive that is an hour away, every 2 miles, slow down to almost a stop, gently go the next 20 feet, and then take off again. Your 1-hour trip suddenly turned into a 1 and ½ hour trip.
These speed bumps to me are exhausting. Typically, there is a warning sign 100 meters out, and then a big yellow sign (some new, some faded, some hidden by a tree or bush) right at the speed bump. There are a few though, that sneak up on a person. Brake shoes are put to a test. Shock absorbers, leaf springs, and struts attempt to catch the brunt of the sudden rise of the road. Once in a while the undercarriage decides to shave a few particles of the speed bump off. You can’t help but grit your teeth and pray that you haven’t just caused several hundred dollars in damage to your vehicle because of that speed bump that snuck up on you.
Fortunately, one learns where the sneaky speed bumps are. Unfortunately, you learn about them the hard way. Sometimes two or three brief moments of flight from your vehicle before your mind locks in the location and sounds an alarm prior to the speed bump on your next trip. I think some of these speed bumps are secretly moved at night, just to keep a person on their toes.
Our lives are like these little trips to the city. And, as the years accumulate, you hopefully learn some of the speed bumps in life that caused you harm. You become either wiser, or at least well trained. Just think of the mistakes you have made in your life that are similar to a speed bump in the road. Some, you gently made it over. There were warning signs you heeded, and things went well. Then, there are those hum dingers that not only harmed you, they harmed the passengers who were in life’s vehicle with you. Some of them, even if the passengers shouted warning, you hit at full speed anyway. Maybe even some were more of a brick wall than a speed bump.
Today, realize one small little reality. Whenever you take control of your life, decide to travel with no regard for your safety or others, you will come upon a speed bump that’s gonna hurt. God gave us 10 commandments to follow. These are like the speed limit signs of life. Staying within the boundaries of these 10 is like obeying the speed limit of driving your life. Yes, there will still be bumps in the road, but going over them with control and assurance of Jesus as your guide will make the trip a whole lot smoother…….
Prayer: Dear Lord, maker of my life’s path. Today I am going to thank you for the speed bumps of life that you have placed before me. Forgive me for thinking of these as a hindrance. Help me to realize the necessity of a check and balance to my life. I am sorry for the times I ignored your warnings. I have finally learned the areas in my life that I need to either slow down on, or completely travel around. Help me to put my troubles behind me as waters gone by. But also help me to remember what caused those troubles. In Jesus’, who took on the most extreme bump in the road, death, just for me, name I pray. Amen.