Scripture Reading: Isaiah 1:1-2:22 / 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2 / Psalm 105:1-11
Last week they resurfaced about 4 miles of the highway in front of the church. While sitting in the construction traffic, I saw a worker walk down the middle of the road with an armful of the reflective highway lane markers. He placed the lane strips randomly in the center of the road and used his foot to secure them to the fresh blacktop. The spacing seemed to be consistent but they weren’t very straight.
As I drove past his work, his lane markers were terribly crooked. This man had a simple job and he didn’t put much effort or care in his work. I saw this worker's handiwork again this morning as I drove to church but had a different perspective. It was early and there was a heavy fog. As I approached the resurfaced road, the only thing that I could see was the reflective center lane road markers.
I didn’t see crooked road markers but all important and vital markings that kept me centered in my lane. I didn’t care if they were crooked…I was just thankful they were there! They served their purpose and gave me clear direction on the road. I breathed a sigh of relief as I drove into the church parking lot with a new appreciation for crooked center lane markers.
Sometimes we see the works and ways of God all around us. They become just another marking in our life…we at times take them for granted and view them as insignificant. Our eyes are drawn to activity on either side of the road and indistinctively drive to our destination, giving no attention or thought to the center lane markers.
David encourages us to live life with great focus on a faithful Lord. He calls us to deliberately and intently “sing”, “make known”, “tell”, "seek”, and “look” to the Lord…especially when the heavy fog of life settles on us! When we safely reach our destination, we will “Glory in his holy name! Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.” (Psalm 105:3)
No one likes driving in the fog, it is nerve racking and intense but thankfully there are center lane reflective markers. The same can be said about life. God is our source of strength, direction and hope in the fog of life. Don’t take those center lane markers for granted…someday they may save your life. And certainly don’t minimize or ignore the direction, presence and power of God…He is the only one who can save your life!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!