Back in May a friend emailed me and reminded me that "it's almost over." He wasn't an eschatological-maniac date-setter. He was referring to his rapidly approaching graduation.
Reminded me that the correct term for the ceremony is "commencement," a beginning, rather than an end. Road signs popped into the eye of my mind...my young friend wanted "End of Construction Zone," while the reality was "Construction Ahead."
I sipped my black coffee and chewed on the thought of comparing life with road signs.
In the busyness of life, we all need the occasional! "Stop" sign. Certainly we need it before we meet Christ, because only when we "Stop" can we listen, heed the "Warning", hear the gospel, and "Yield."
After conversion we need to "Stop" often and "be still, and know that (He) is God (Psalm 46:10)." We all need to be extremely wary of confusing activity with accomplishment. Meeting alone with our Lord (who "seeks those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth") needs to be a priority, not a "fit Me in when you can."
Certainly in an age where "diversity" is worshiped and society bows to the altar of "tolerance," we who follow Christ need to understand the vital truth of "One Way" (John 14:6).
With the harsh realities of 2 Timothy 3:1-5 ever evident, we need to heed the Holy Spirit when he advised, "Do Not Enter," "Road Closed," and "No U-Turn." In our sex-saturated society "Dangerous Curves Ahead" takes on a unique meaning.
Highways are dotted with guide and information signs. Certainly the Christian traveler must regularly read the Guidebook, or rather the sixty-six guidebooks that make up the word of God. We need to ensure we are spending at least as much time in the "official" guide (the Bible) as we are spending in secondary guides (commentaries etc.).
Throughout our journey we need to "Merge" and "Share the Road" with our fellow followers of Christ. Corporate worship practicing the "one-another's" (i.e. encourage one another, exhort one another, rebuke one another, etc.), and the incredible power and blessing of being there for one another will make the journey easier.
I'm grateful for my friend's email, and am hopeful that he will understand that graduation is simply a mile sign on the road of life. As he "commences" his journey I am grateful that he travels not alone, but with his Lord, Savior, and Shepherd.
With the "slippery road" ahead of us all, I pray we stay alert, focused, and strong, through we all need a "rest area" to catch our breath, to be fueled by the faith-giving power of the Word, and to refocus, we dare not fail to heed the "No Stopping" signs.
We have a race to be run; a race that is more cross-country than sprint.
As we travel with our eyes on the "author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1)," we can also remember that He has provided an "evacuation route." Soon perhaps very soon, we will see the real "King of the highway."