Traffic

I freaked my daughter out trying to take a picture of traffic, so she took this picture for me.

Have you ever shined your car all up before a road trip hoping to arrive at your destination in style, only to see it covered in road grime when you arrive at your destination. Road mist, dust, and even mud under the finder well from that storm you drove through along the way. Foot traffic in your home can be just as bad. You sweep and mop, then children, pets, family, and guest leave a whole new pile of debris that needs to be swept and mopped again. Cleaning is a never-ending job that left undone can get out of hand in a hurry. Left undone for too long, and the mess can become overwhelming, leaving you wondering where to even begin. When I’ve gotten overwhelmed with the traffic of life, I’ve found that the first thing to go was my focus, leaving me disorganized and scattered in my efforts. Rascal Flats sings, “Life is a highway”, but sometimes there is a traffic jam, or a detour sign, or wreckage and debris on the metaphorical highway of life, and these things can cause us to lose our focus and our sense of direction, so our soul needs a metaphorical GPS on our metaphorical highway.

  GGod – Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
PPrayer – I Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
sScripture – Psalm 119: 105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
One day I’ll learn how to create fancy images, but you get the idea.

Without this GPS, it is next to impossible to be all that God has called us to be. He has a plan for each of our lives, but the devil is looking for those who have taken their focus off God, who have forgotten to pray, and who have let dust collect on their Bible. Without God, we are vulnerable prey that the devil can easily distract with the traffic of life, and cause us to become overwhelmed, scattered, and blown around like leaves in a hurricane.

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Psalm 1:1–6 (ESV):

1 Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

I don’t want to get caught up in the traffic of life and be swept up in someone else’s agenda or wreckage, I want to be like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season. I asked God to create in me a clean heart, and the only way to keep it clean is to use my GPS: Keep my focus on God, pray in all things, and read the scriptures regularly. Pray this simple prayer:

Father, I know Your ways are good, and I praise You even in the storm. I need You every second, of every minute, of every hour, of every day. Direct my path, keep my focus ever on You Lord, so that I can fulfill the destiny for which You have created me. You are my GPS, and I am so thankful that You love me, and call me Yours. I love You Lore, and I ask these things in Jesus name. Amen

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