8/10/15: God’s Speed Bump
My husband and I recently visited my nephew and his family in Columbus, Ohio. They live in a quaint, historic little neighborhood just outside of downtown in a gorgeous, three-story brick home. Anyone who turns from the major thoroughfare onto the side street leading to their home will see a street sign that says, “Calming Zone Ahead.” After driving a few more feet, we discovered that the calming zone was achieved by speed bumps. Whoever made that sign realized everything is just a matter of perspective. Slowing down was more than a safety concern; slowing down was an opportunity to experience calm.
God placed a speed bump in Israel’s road, but with a calming zone sign. “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, and whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Romans 9:33 (NKJ). Lots of people stumble at the name of Jesus, not wanting to surrender to Him; however, slowing down to consider the claims of Christ leads to both safety and calm. The safety found in Christ is the security of the eternal life He supplies. The calmness found in Christ is in knowing that He always has our back.
So as we face whatever comes our way, let’s not allow Christ to be a speed bump inhibiting our progress, but a calming zone inclosing us in calm.
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