A bend in the road. Scary thought, isn't it? I mean the road has been rough enough, but now there's a bend too? A bend that we can't see beyond. A bend that could be hiding any number of possibilities from our view. A bend that could change everything, and let's face it--change frightens us.
I'm reminded of a roller coaster. I love the crazy things. Big hills? Bring it on. Twisty turns? That's the way I like it. Corkscrew loops? Oh, yeah! Pitch black? Um, now wait a minute. Yes, you've discovered my weakness--I'm scared of the dark. Well, not really, but a roller coaster that I would enjoy in the light has the tendency to bring me to the brink of terror in the dark. I don't mind the hills, the corkscrews, the twists and the turns. . .as long as I know they're coming. In the darkness, I can't see, so I don't know what to expect. And somehow, that uneasiness of the unknown turns my adrenalin rush into genuine fear.
The unknown has a way of doing that, doesn't it? That's why those bends in the road cause such anxiety. But could it be that we're missing something? Could it be that we're so worked up about the unknown and the path that is hidden from view that we're missing one of the biggest results of a bend in the road? We know that God has a purpose for everything. He doesn't place bends in the road for no reason, and I think one of those reasons is to make us slow down.
Think about it, when we're driving and we come up to a bend in the road, what do we do? We hit the brakes, right? Most of us (and I say "most" because I've seen some drivers that might not qualify for this statement) wouldn't dream of hitting that bend at our current speed. That speed is meant for straightaways, not for curves. So, out of good sense and a desire to stay safe, we slow down and take the bend at a reduced speed.
Perhaps that is all God is trying to do with our current bends in the road. He wants us to slow down. He desires for us to be still. He longs for us to take some time to just be. It is during those times that we can feel His closeness and hear His voice. How many times have we missed it because there's too much to do, because we were simply speeding through life?
I know there's a lot to do. Trust me, I understand. But may I remind you that "Be still and know that I am God" is not a request or suggestion? It's a command. How many of us are heeding it?
Are you facing a bend in the road? Is that sense of uneasiness getting out of control? Take it easy. God is working all things for your good, so whatever is waiting around the bend is a good thing. In the meantime, slow down and enjoy the ride. After all, the Driver has it under control