“A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” Proverbs 22:3 NLT
I was just over 18 years old, and a fairly new driver, when I saw a caution sign before a turn with a recommended speed limit of 20 mph. Now I knew from experience that I could take that turn at no less than 40 mph in my 1972 VW Beetle and be just fine. In fact, I really didn’t understand why they would post such a ridiculously low speed limit for that turn…. until that fateful day.
On that day, I was not driving my 1972 VW Beetle. No, on that day I was driving an open bed flatbed truck that just happened to be loaded with 20-pound boxes of tomatoes. There were sides on the truck, but approximately 25 cases of tomatoes were stacked higher than the top of the sides. You can probably figure out what happened. As I entered the turn at somewhere around 35 mph, I had to hang on the wheel just to keep from jumping the curb when I felt the weight shift. I watched in horror as 500lbs of tomatoes were slid and splattered across the road.
I saw the sign, had the warning, but chose to ignore it because I didn’t think it would affect me, but it did.
The same is true in all of our lives. It might not be a sign that so clearly says caution, but it might be that sense of something just isn’t right. If we are careful to watch and listen, the Holy Spirit will protect us by giving us a check in our spirit, when something, somewhere, or someone is just not good for us.
This week, avoid unpleasant consequences by heading that check.
In His Hands,