I’m writing this meditation after South Carolina’s brief encounter with Hurricane Isaac. The storm was hundreds of miles away, but it had far reaching “rain bands” that dumped five inches of precipitation on Charleston in a few hours with a predictable result – widespread flooding that made driving an adventure.
Charleston is a coastal city that sits only a hundred feet or so above sea level, is touched by four rivers and is built in part on what was once marshland, so flooded streets are a frequent but easily handled problem. All one has to do is learn and avoid roads that are prone to flooding and, when flooded roads can’t be avoided, slow down and ease along through the water.
Some people don’t follow those simple rules, barrel along at full speed and either end up causing accidents or blocking streets in flooded out vehicles, to the delight of towing companies and auto repair shops. Those hurried and impatient drivers run into needless and costly difficulties because they don’t take the time to learn how to avoid flooded streets or to slow down when flooding happens.
The behavior of those drivers who have problems with flooded streets is similar to the behavior that we all sometimes exhibit. All of us sometimes get hurried and impatient to make it to where we want to be in life and either take the wrong routes to reach life’s destinations or barrel headlong into dangerous situations and end up wounded, wrecked, stranded and disconsolate.
We’d do well do approach life in the same way that good drivers handle flooded streets – prayerfully let God show us the right routes to our hoped for blessings and slow down enough to avoid life’s obstacles. The way may be a bit longer and more complicated and may take more effort on our part, but when we slow down and let God lead us, we’ll find new blessings and enduring peace of mind.
Take the time when storms are raging in your life to trust God to lead you. You way will be more clear, your goals more attainable, and you’ll understand why the Psalmist said, “Wait on the Lord and be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.”