Saturday, April 29, 2017

Living in the Fast Lane

Living in the Fast Lane
I’m integrating myself back into Texas, one step at a time. Got a Texas license plate, bought a house (putting roots down), and yesterday, I surrendered my Oklahoma driver’s license (had that Oklahoma license for 46 years – a little mellowness ensued because of the many precious years in our beloved Oklahoma), and got my Texas driver’s license.

Old memories caught up with me again. One of the questions on the application was “Have you ever had a Texas driver’s license before? If so, when?” Going through the archives of my mind took me back to when I was 14 years old, and my Mom applied for a “Hardship Driver’s License” for me. A hardship license is available (in some states) for teen drivers. In my case, it was because of my dad’s very serious illness and I needed to be able to drive to and from school which was several miles away. My precious mom rode the bus to work. Even then, she was sacrificing for me. I was a mighty little girl in that huge Chevrolet Impala.

Yesterday, I became an authorized Texas driver once again. And, whew – that means I’m driving in the fast lane in this enormous city that has way more highways and interchanges than what seems possible. And, you best realize – there is NO slow lane…..anywhere. So, by now I’ve realized that I best be wrapped up, tied up and tangled all up in my Father’s watchful eyes over me and regularly be in good terms with my angels to help keep me protected and safe. I know one thing for sure -- driving here is definitely not for the faint hearted.

I know I may sound like a little old lady who left the country for the big city. But here’s the deal -- our security and deep peace that keeps us in a place of comfort and strength when we’re driving on the back roads, is no different than every day when we're taking to the fast lanes. Either way, we awaken to the challenges AND possibilities of another day. We never know what this day may bring, but our safe place is found in Him Who is our strong tower and the rock we depend upon.

What roads are you travelling on? The ones less travelled, or the super sonic speed ones where complete focus is a must. Sometimes I think we all feel like we’re living in the fast lane, with things moving way too quickly, in directions we don’t understand or comprehend. But more than that, because we belong to Him, Jesus passionately cares about us. I really don’t think life is going to slow down anytime soon, but because we know that regardless of who’s driving the car or how fast it’s going, we’re going to be alright, because Jesus not only cares about His own but He intercedes for us, strengthening our unity and sending us out into the world with an assignment to fuflill. And you know, maybe just knowing that, it will make living a little easier in the fast lane.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”Psalm 91:1-2
“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:7