Proverbs 4:25-27/ “Let your eyes look directly ahead And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.”
Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.”/Proverbs 16:18
I hope everyone was able to stay safe today with all of the wild weather and ice on the roads! I had the opportunity to experience first hand today how fun driving in weather like this is. I had a date planned with my beautiful fiance today and when I woke up to look outside the date wasn’t looking too promising. This time with Sarah had been what I was looking forward to all week so I didn’t care if I was going to have to go through a snow storm or hurricane, my girl was going to her date! After warnings from my parents and hopping into my little Nissan sentra which is not exactly a snowy weather type vehicle. I set out on my way, bound and determined to not let all these obstacles ruin the big date.
I had gained a little experience driving on icy roads in the past so I just went super slow and rolled through it. My dad had given me some advice before I left and gave me his opinion on driving my little car in the snow. It wasn’t what I wanted to hear so I went anyways. After awhile of driving these roads with no problem, I started to get a little cocky. I got comfortable in my success and thought this isn’t any big deal, I got this. Then I took my focus off the road for just a second, hit a piece of snowy ice and my car started spinning. Before you get scared and think I got in a wreck, no worries! I was going so slow that I was able to control the spin and it was a back road so thankfully no cars were around. After I stopped the spin I was brought back to the piece of advise my dad told me, “all it takes is one bad spot or just a second of paying attention and you can slide off the road.” After my drifting maneuver feeling like one of the guys from the Fast and Furious movies, my dad was right and my pride clogged my judgement of the danger of what was around me.
I finished the rest of the drive with both hands on the wheel, “10 & 2,” and my eyes were peeled on that road more than ever. I started thinking and it’s wild how much this relates to our daily lives. We walk into the world every day with the possibilities of falling into the pride trap. We constantly face icy road type situations all around us with temptations and distractions trying to take us off the path God has set our feet on. This constant ensuing danger at our left and right makes it extremely hard to keep our eyes set ahead on God and watching every step that we turn from evil and please Him. After walking through some of the day with no problems, pride starts to kick in and we fall into the norm of our society which says, “be self-sufficient, you got this.”
That’s the problem, on our own we don’t have this but God says I got you! All it takes is one decision, one moment of thinking we can walk through all these obstacles fighting for our attention to slow us down or put us in a painful spin into falling. Just like my dad gave me great and helpful advice today, God gives a life changing and danger avoiding piece of advice in these pieces of Scripture. He is the One who created us, who knows the number of hairs on our head and exactly what gets us into trouble. Thankfully God loved us so much He gave us His Word so we can apply and prepare ourselves for icy road situations.
He says to keep our eyes forward, not looking left or right but forward. Our pride usually wants to take a gaze around so we can see the possible danger and think well I got this far I can take a detour. Once pride comes, destruction follows. We’re going to spin out and fall a ton in this life but with each fall comes the lesson for the next times pride wants to take a look around. After my spin today I went into super focus because I didn’t want it to happen again. Remember the times you fall and keep that as a reminder when you start getting cocky. Stay walking with eyes forward and humbly professing your need for the Lord. Only He can get us to the destination He has planned for us and only He can allow us to walk through the dangerous obstacles and distractions of this world with not a scratch on us. Recognize your need for Him today no matter how good things are looking because that icy patch is always lurking right around the corner. Stay humble and hungry, eyes set forward, monitoring every move, every single step you take. God has given us life changing advice here, the question is will we accept it and apply it or will we let pride cloud our vision and turn our eyes off Him leading to spinning out of control. He’s got you, stay humble and hungry for more of Him!