You have seen them. They are everywhere. Those 8 sided soldiers standing with their cardinal red glow. The white letters attempting to jump in your face: S-T-O-P. Yes, stop signs are everywhere. Yet they seem to have become, at least here in our fair city, something different than stop. Webster’s defines one as a sign telling drivers to stop and wait until they can continue safely. Hmm? Really? I was beginning to think it was an acronym for Slow To Own Preference.
My point was made the other afternoon as we were sitting outside a restaurant at lunchtime in plain view of a stop sign. Traffic is routed here in a pretty smart fashion. Drive through customers to the right side of the building and people going inside exit the parking lot on the left side. Both sides joined at the point of entry with a stop sign coming from the drive-through and nothing on the parking lot side. The idea is simple. Leave the drive-through and stop at the sign, so cars from the parking area can move first.
I stopped counting after about the fifth car just blew the stop sign. Like it was not even there. Completely oblivious. Several near mishaps were spotted that they. Well, I personally think they need to tie a bunch of balloons to it or put a guy in a character suit there to wave. Of course, they would probably wave back at the person sweating in this suit for their own safety and keep on driving. An “on purpose” accident will happen and then people will become astonished that there was even a sign there at all.
Stop signs appear on the road to help things move along in a smooth and orderly fashion. Stop signs also appear in our lives in the same way. And exactly like the drivers at the restaurant we just keep on cruising.
Why would the creator of the universe in all His wisdom place a stop sign in His child’s situation? Maybe it is because I need to stop. Sometimes waiting for an answer is really hard to do. Stopping is a great deal tougher to do than just pushing forward. There are times when plowing on through life’s hardships are exactly what we should do. Perseverance is important, but a ceasing can be a key. Stop talking. Stop meddling. Stop worrying. Stop complaining. Stop trying to do it all on our own.
Psalms 121:7 tells me, The Lord will protect you from every danger. He will protect your soul. So He is protecting me. His stop sign is necessary. Misfortune might happen if I do not follow the signs. He will give me the green once it is safe to move forward. He knows the way better than you or I. We should “go” when we can but, be contentious to stop.
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