Those of you anticipating a story of me being pulled over and ticketed by the police will be disappointed. I feel very fortunate to say that it has been a very long time since I was last pulled over, and I cannot remember the last time I received a ticket. While I may tend to set my cruise-control above the posted limit, I keep it at a level below where I worry about any speed trap the State Police may set.
Thus the speed trap I am thinking about today is one set by a different type of accuser. You know him as Satan, but he is not really the problem. Rather, just as in all speed traps, the real problem is found in the one who is putting the pedal to the metal.
It does not seem to really matter what the age or the circumstance of life is, virtually everyone I speak with these days is caught up by the speed of life. So many things to do, and not enough time. So many opportunities ... good, bad, and otherwise ... life gets jammed up. So much ... so many ... can't slow down ... can't miss out ... faster, faster ... and before we know it, we are trapped.
Last week I mentioned three families that had contacted me in one day about baptisms. This week I have heard stories of well over three families that are falling apart. All three have been caught in the Speed Trap. And, while I have not given up on them, I know that, without a change, they are not likely to survive.
And I know many, many others who, while not on the eve on destruction, are more caught up in the speed trap than they realize.
Jesus says it pretty simply, "Everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn't collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn't act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. It collapsed with a great crash." (Matthew 7.24-27)
I know that technology is changing the world at an ever increasing pace. And I know that the generation I enjoy 'lunching' with is often stuck with the worst hours and circumstances as they try to get by. I also believe the old "build it and they will come" attitude serves an ever decreasing number of people.
But something that has not changed, and never will, is our need to take time to listen to Jesus, the Rock. Our time with him can be packaged in many different ways. But, no matter our age or our circumstance, living without creating time and space for him is more dangerous than driving 80 mph through a construction zone. Sooner or later, that speed trap will catch you. And if not you, your children for sure!
So, those who are wise, will slow down TODAY ... invest a little time and effort to build upon The Rock ... knowing that, while we cannot stop the storms from coming, we can avoid the great crash. Though we might miss out on a little in the short term, over the long term, blessings beyond measure will flow our way. And note, "This promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself." (Acts 2.39)
You see, by slowing down, the life you just might save is your own ... for eternity!