Stay in your lane

What I’m memorizing:
Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.
Proverbs 4:27 stayinlane

It was about 9 p.m. last Wednesday night. Jenna and I had left our church 20 minutes earlier, and were about 2 miles from home.

Few street lights illuminate this stretch; the road was dark. Except for the headlights from two cars coming towards us. One in the right lane; one in the wrong lane.

No problem. Until they both got closer. And the one in the wrong lane stayed in the wrong lane.

Go ahead and pass, buddy! Get over! Now!

I immediately looked for escape routes to the right or to the left for our car. A deep ditch on both sides. Slightly up ahead was a driveway to the right, but which way would the crazy car go? And would the timing be right for me to slip into the driveway?

I began braking, but I was still hoping, Surely this guy is going to get back on his side!

And in a flash, he did. Everybody was back in their correct lane. Disaster averted. This time. Praise God.

But on Friday morning, my friend Julie didn’t escape so easily. Traffic was stalling on the interstate, and everybody started switching lanes. As she slowed down, the black SUV behind her didn’t. She woke up in the hospital with bleeding on the brain. Thankfully, 24 hours later, she had totally recovered, minus several cuts and lots of soreness, and I got to take her home. Praise God.

When everyone obeys the rules and drives on the right side of the road, nobody gets hurt.

But people aren’t that way. We aren’t that way. They and we cross the line, out of ignorance or the thrill of adventure or from stupidity or by mistake. 

And we get injured by it. And sometimes others get injured by it, too.

So don’t do it. Stay alert. Turn away from evil. Keep your foot on God’s path for you, and don’t swerve to the right or the left (Proverbs 4:27).

Stay on your side of the road.

You're safest there.
And so is everybody else.

* * * More Memory Monday

Have you ever been hit by someone not staying in their lane?

Have you seen sin do the same thing?

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