The other day I took Rachel out for a drive… rather she took me for a drive. Yes, I know that most people get their driver’s permit as soon as it is legal and get their license as soon as they can. Rachel has waited, though.
She was doing very well in the eyes of her teacher, anyway. We were heading for home and were on Jefferson at the Mt. Olive light. When the light turned green, she immediately started through the intersection.
I cautioned her that she really needs to wait a couple of seconds before starting through an intersection after a red light because there could be an emergency vehicle coming or someone trying to beat the light, who didn’t make it and is now in the process of running the red light.
As I was talking to her, she was listening to me and proceeded to drive right through the stop sign at Jefferson and Wright (why there is a stop sign there I will never know...there are no other stop signs on Jefferson from where it turns off of Main all the way to Elm).
Fortunately there were no cars coming on Wright and, after stopping in the middle of the intersection, we made it safely home.
I am not trying to throw Rachel “under the bus” by telling you this, but I do see an important lesson concerning how Satan works (besides the obvious: putting a stop sign where it doesn’t belong).
Often times we can be so focused on something that just happened that we neglect to pay attention to what is happening right now. Maybe it was something good; maybe it was something bad; maybe it was something that was neither good or bad, but something we could do better.
But all Satan needs is that small distraction, just a momentary lapse in concentration, and BLAM! you are T-boned in a sin!
And it doesn’t have to be something that just happened either. We can be so focused on how we used to be so active and effective in serving God years ago that we fail to realize we have stopped serving God in the present.
By the same token, we can be so distraught over a past failure that we never forgive our self and soon see our self as nothing but a failure: with no redeeming qualities.
Don’t get sidetracked by the past: either the immediate past or the distant past. What has happened has happened; now God wants you to move forward serving Him!