Last week I was reminded of a lesson I thought the Lord had taught me a few years ago, but once again I found that I had my toe just a teeny bit over the line.
Let me explain. There was a speaker that really changed my life with some of her teachings. One of the stories she always shared was about how the Lord had dealt with her desire to speed when she was driving. Then one day I had the opportunity to meet her in person. I was thrilled and looked forward to rubbing shoulders with her in a more personal way. We were to follow her family in our vehicle to their home. Just before we left she said to my husband, “I usually drive about five miles over the limit.”
I was shocked as I replayed in my mind her testimony of how the Lord changed her heart about speeding. We had the opportunity to spend several days with her and her family, but my disappointment in her really tainted that time.
The Lord had dealt with my desire to speed too – when I got stopped for speeding with all my soon-to-be young drivers in the van. Since I had never had a ticket, I got off with a warning. I was so shook up, wondering how I was ever going to tell my husband, that when I pulled into our garage I scraped the side of the van on the garage door and did considerable damage to both. At least that took my mind off how I was going to tell Dan I had gotten stopped for speeding.
Now, years later, I found myself in what had become my normal highway driving mode – cruise control set just one or two MPH over the speed limit, as my daughter and I drove about 100 miles to an appointment. We were listening to Christian music and just enjoying the day, when I was reminded about a teaching we had in one of our parenting classes.
It was how children often test their parents by seeing just how far they can put their toe over the line before their parent will correct them.
Why did I insist in driving one or two MPH over the speed limit? Did I really think that would make me get there that much quicker? And even if it did, was it really that important? No, I was just seeing how close I could get to the line without crossing over it.
That really isn’t obeying the spirit of God’s Word – He doesn’t talk about seeing how close we can get to sin without actually sinning, but warns us over and over to flee sin.
Right there in the van I confessed my sin to the Lord, lowered my cruise control, and settled back to enjoy the ride.
In what areas are you testing the Lord?
Psalm 51:2 KJV – Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
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