I take the turnpike to work. On most mornings, I am on autopilot. My car gets there, but I don’t remember much of the ride. Today was a bit different.
I’d driven about half way to my destination. The radio was turned up, and my spirit be-bopped along in a happy mood.
All of a sudden, some crazy guy in a beat up dodge decided he needed to get over — across three lanes — right in front of me. Mr. Crazy Dodge Dude cut me off, and I was not happy with him.
So, I did what any other concerned citizen would have done. I laid down on my horn — because someone needs to let Crazy Dodge Dude know that he is in the wrong. I mean, he could have killed me. Right?
The problem is that my horn decided to get stuck. Yep. That’s right. My horn decided to keep right on honking. There I was on the expressway in a panic. I was imagining that I would be pulling into the driveway at work with that thing blaring. I frantically pounced on that horn to see if I could get it to pop and turn off.
The loud wail persisted.
That’s when it hit me. You know, that Holy Spirit moment when you hear the voice in your head that slaps you hard right in that stubborn spot that needs a little discipline.
This is what happens when you are loud and rude, Lyli. You think you have it under control, but your wailing persists.
God held a mirror up to my ugliness this morning. He used my car horn.
On my lunch hour, I decided to look into the mirror of His Word to get a firm grasp on what else God had to say about horn honking. I looked up the word “yell” (because the word honk is not in the Bible), and I discovered that sometimes God wants us to yell. But, He doesn’t want me to yell at the Crazy Dodge Dude. No, he wants me to raise my voice to right a wrong of a different kind.
Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen? Think again. They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves…You’re spoiled children, each wanting your own way…It’s common knowledge that “God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.” So let God work His will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and He’ll be there in no time (James 4:1-7, MSG).
My Sisters, today I am resolving to say a “Quiet Yes” to God and to yell a “Loud No” to the one who seeks to rob me of my peace.
Tomorrow, I will be back on the turnpike. I’m praying that I will only honk my horn at the right enemy. I want to be-bop for Him the whole way home.
Something to think about…
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