After leaving a restaurant located at a golf resort one day, I had to drive over three high speed bumps to exit the resort. As my car slowly, and I mean slowly, drove over each speed bump, and my car scraped one of them, the word "mountains" came to mind.
At the end of the driveway, before turning onto the highway, another thought occurred to me. It struck me I was thinking about mountains while dealing with a very present reality, speed bumps.
The Bible is very clear in the gospels of Matthew and Mark, and Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. If we have the faith of a grain of mustard seed, we can move mountains and even cast them into the sea.
Yes, faith is powerful, but it is also practical, helping us get over life's speed bumps, even when we get our "bottoms" scraped a bit.
On the one hand, we have a tendency to make mountains out of molehills. On the other hand, we believe, as Scripture says, faith moves mountains. I believe expressing faith and acting on faith when we're confronted by life's speed bumps, those unexpected and sometimes expected challenges we face, we train ourselves to see life's mountains from God's perspective, as not necessarily removable, but as just very large speed bumps He can guide us over.
Sometimes, life's speed bumps teach us lessons.
Those annoying speed bumps we encounter when driving are there for several reasons. First, to slow us down so we don't hurt someone walking or crossing in a crosswalk. Second, to slow us down because we are about to go down a hill. Third, speed bumps slow us down so we obey speed limits.
Sometimes, life's speed bumps teach us lessons. They tell us we may hurt someone if we go "full speed ahead." They tell us there may be danger ahead, proceed with caution. They tell us we need to slow down, listen, and obey what the Lord and the Holy Spirit are telling us in our spirits.
When we slow down and take a less hurried, less frantic approach to life with its speed bumps, we have more time and more energy to deepen our relationship with God, and less distractions to sidetrack this relationship. Part of this relationship is being who God wants us to be, and not doing, doing, and doing.
If we don't slow down, and get caught up in a hurried life with all its speed bumps, trying to get around them, worrying about them, and mindlessly driving over them, we open ourselves to the devil's suggestions. Instead of waiting for God, we take the easy way out, a way often leading to a slippery slope of instant gratification.
In conclusion, remember this the next time you pull up to a speed bump on the road or a challenging speed bump in life. Speed bumps are not stop signs. Don't let the challenges of life stop you from being all the God wants you to be, and lessen your faith in your ability to move mountains.
Listen to God's Words
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)
Come to me,all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much,and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. (Luke 16:10)
Also read: Psalm 46:1-3, Ecclesiastes 3:1-22, 2 Peter 3:8-09,
What Others Say
"Problems should be like speed bumps. You slow down just to get over it, but you don't let it stop you from heading to your destination." Sonya Parker
"Every journey that is successful has a cul-de-sac and speed bumps. I carry a wisdom gene through my life, through the good, the bad and the ugly." Peter Guber
"Setbacks are nothing but speed bumps along the journey to success." Tanya rawat
Think About It
When you see one of life's speed bumps ahead of you, how do you react? Do you slow down and consider in a positive way how to handle it? Or do you worry about it, and even try to find a way around it?
When you've hit one of life's speed bumps, and it damaged you in some way, how did you recover? Did it become a stop sign for you, keeping you from moving forward? How do you feel about that?
How do you think overcoming life's speed bumps gives you faith in your ability, and God's ability, to move mountains?