I have a love/hate relationship with speed bumps (ok, I’ll confess, mainly hate).
Don’t you just love it when you’re driving in a new area and all of a sudden—SPEED BUMP!
For whatever reason, you didn’t notice the speed bump coming; you either slam on the brakes or wind up with a headache. (And yes, I’m pretty sure we’ve all hit a speed bump so fast we’ve gotten some air and a mild concussion from hitting our heads on the roof of our cars!)
Have you noticed how sometimes God places “speed bumps” in our lives?
We feel like we’re cruising along fine without a worry in sight and then—SPEED BUMP! We either hit the brakes or hit our head.
These speed bumps come at different times, different places, and in different ways. But all are there for our benefit.
Here’s just two quick reminders about God’s “speed bumps.”
Watch Out for Pedestrians.
Think about the speed bumps in school zones, shopping center parking lots, neighborhoods—their main purpose is to protect pedestrians by forcing drivers to slow down.
Sometimes, God sends speed bumps in our lives as “drivers” to protect those around us. He may see we’re on a collision course with another individual and places something in our way to force us to slow down and avoid harm, not just for ourselves, but for others.
Keep an Eye on Your Speed.
Often when drivers passing through an area too fast becomes a trend, speed bumps are installed to create what is referred to as a “traffic calming zone.” These are placed to remind drivers of the speed limit and to make them more aware of the potential hazards of the area they’re driving through.
Have you noticed that certain areas of the Christian life could be considered “traffic calming zones”? God knows our tendencies as His children, so in our best interest, He forces all of us to slow down, check our speed, and remind us of some of the potential dangers associated with the path we’re on.
Aren’t you thankful that we serve such an incredible, loving God who cares about us in this way?
Speed bumps typically aren’t temporary and aren’t supposed to be forgotten. What are some of the speed bumps God has used in your life?