Four Way Stops
Ever run a stop sign, dashed through a red light, or been caught speeding down your favorite street? I have! Most was by accident – my brain was off in La La Land, and – oops! I’m sure I’ve gotten a few ugly looks as I cut someone off and made them put on their brakes prematurely. All I can say is, “Sorry, folks!”
Chasing our own plan for our lives is kind of like running intersection signs. We think we have it all figured out, so we go full blast ahead without consulting all the signs that can navigate us to success. Throughout our lives, God puts up strong instructions at the crossroads between pursuing our plan and going His way in His time. It’s not that He wants to spoil our fun. He’s really trying to save us from the agony of a wreck, and having to run to Him like an insurance agent to bail us out.
God’s the mastermind behind directing dream traffic. He sees the oncoming traffic, how they’re driving, and where they’re going. Every car is different with a specific destination. Some may be heading the same direction as you. Then others may be such reckless drivers that you could gladly go years without seeing their tail lights ever again! Regardless, God knows how to navigate you around the cars.
Picture this. You’re at the intersection of waiting for your dream to come true. A new “car” (the cutest guy you’ve ever seen) reaches the intersection before you to your right. He’s going straight. Ah, the temptation to follow – to chase him down! But just as he pulls away, you see that you’re at a four way stop – and there are other cars before you. Ugh! If you stop, you’ll lose him!
Some of us might be staring at a stop sign and thinking that we hate the color red. No one really likes this sign, but God uses it anyway. We’ve all been in a hurry to make romance happen in our lives at one time or another. But have you noticed? Somehow nothing really works out in our favor. We choose track down that cool car, and end up with something that was never meant for us. Or we run the red, only to get ourselves lost in searching. Then it’s back to the same intersection again.
That yellow yield sign can be just as frustrating as the stop sign. Maybe the right guy is in the car next to us. We know he’s the one! Everyone knows he’s the one! But it’s not that God said a solid “no” to our plans. He just wants us to relax and sit a while until the intersection is clear. It’s a sign that screams “patience!” No matter how aggravating it may be, it’s worth the wait. It means that every day God is preparing you and that guy for the future He has for you. It means you’ll both be ready, every detail will be in place, and the timing will be perfect.
Everyone is in a different place in their lives with different signs in front of them. Regardless of whether it’s a “stop” season or a “yield” season – or both – God’s always got our best in mind. After obeying all the annoying red and yellow signs, there’s always a time to go! And when it’s our turn to move – go, baby, go! Putting our feet to the gas pedal is exhilarating when we know God is the one who gave us permission to move forward. The way is clear and the road all ours! We just have to step out in faith without hesitation.