I was driving down the road going 40 (the speed limit), the pouring rain was limiting visibility, and a Ford Mustang was hugging my tail way too close for my comfort. I knew he was probably trying to push me to go faster (as is the norm for my life), but that’s just not who I am.
We passed the next intersection and, as expected, he zipped passed me on the right. (I’m not sure why he hadn’t used that lane to pass me before.)
And then I saw the blue lights and heard the siren.
Now, there was a time in my life when I would have immediately looked at my speedometer, my body temperature would have risen in fear, and I would have begun the internal beating up on myself. That’s just not who I am anymore, though. You see, I’m an obnoxious zebra.
Zebras are black and white, and so am I. There is no gray area in my opinion when it comes to doing right versus wrong.
When the law says something, I’m following the law. So, when the speed limit is 40, I’m doing 40, and that usually creates quite a few annoyed drivers when they get stuck behind me on the road. The lights weren’t for me, they were for the Mustang.
Here’s the thing: when you are following the rules, there’s no concern when the sirens sound. The same can be said for Christians who are following God’s law.
I have no fear about my afterlife because I have believed in my heart and confessed Jesus as my Lord. (Romans 10:9) For more than the past twenty years, I also haven’t worried about my family’s finances because we tithe. (Malachi 3:10) Finally, anxiety doesn’t have a chance at crippling me because I know that even when the worst happens according to my limited view of my life, everything is still working for my good. (Romans 8:28)
In the beginning of my walk with God, I became very legalistic- caring more about what I was or wasn’t doing instead of walking in love of God and people. So, there must be balance. That doesn’t mean that there’s gray area, it means that you don’t judge others (Matthew 7:1) and you don’t allow rules to dictate your actions, but love.
Now I live my life studying God’s Word to know His law so I can keep my black and white stripes, but at the same time learning how Jesus kept the law, but also walked in love towards everyone. My focus is not on keeping the law, but loving God and others, and naturally keeping the law takes place.
Think of it like this: I know the speed limits were put in place to make the roads safer for those driving, those walking or biking, and those in that area. So, when I choose to go faster than the number posted, I’m not loving those around me, nor am I loving myself. A better plan is to get out the door sooner so I don’t have to make up time on the road.
I realize this is an unpopular subject because, let’s face it, we all want what we want and many of us don’t want to be patient. However, slow down (on the road and in life) and see if it doesn’t bring you more peace.
If you don’t have peace about what will happen when you die, send me a message here. You don’t have to live your life worried about sirens or hell.