“Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil” (Proverbs 4:27, NIV).
Staying in Your Lane: Parking is one of the first operations I mastered while practicing for the exam to receive my driver’s license as a teenager. Depending on what type of parking, the average person may have to have a few attempts before they are correctly in the parking space. Yesterday I had an experience that made me feel like I was practicing for that exam again. In today’s world of distracted and incompetent driver’s, we have all occasional had this experience. I was trying to park my car in between two other vehicles and noticed that I had to adjust in order to get in the park. At first I didn’t understand the problem because the space was big enough for me and neither car was in my lane. Then I realized that the problem was one car had not parked straight. I was making my adjustments based on the cars, instead of the markers outlining my space.
“Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you” (v 25)
Spiritual Manifestation: After I successfully parked in the spot, God brought back to my memory the many times I have driven on the interstates and allowed other drivers to dictate my driving. It may be the 18-wheeler trying to use intimidation, the fast driver encouraging speed or the reckless driver tempting you road rage. How many times do we allow people to cause us to swerve outside of our lanes and not stay focused on where we are going? Just because they are not operating effectively in their lanes, should not cause us to lose focus. God has given us vision for our lives and we have to write down the plan (the goals) and follow the steps. People can be distracters, intentional or unintentional, and we will end up in the wrong lane causing us to miss our turns and go on the wrong path. Regardless of the pressure from other ‘drivers’, let’s make sure that we are operating according to our operation manuals. Be obedient to God’s instructions and He will not cause us to swerve or stumble. Stay in your lane because it’s manifestation time!
With love in the Spirit,