“A few years ago,” Stan began, “my wife and I were blessed to be able to spend some time in London.”
“High on my list of places I want to go,” I replied.
“We had a fabulous time,” Stan continued, “and we almost wore ourselves out trying to see all there was to see. It’s a big place!”
“We took just about every mode of transportation available, but the one we liked the most was the Underground. We found that we could get around quite quickly at a reasonable cost.”
Stan continued, “The first time we were on the Underground, there was something we didn’t understand.”
“What was that?” I asked.
“Every time the train door would open there was an announcement on the public address system I couldn’t understand.”
“I asked my wife what it was, but before she could answer the fellow sitting next to me told me it said, ‘Mind the Gap.’”
“I had no idea what that meant, but the fellow went on to tell me that it was a warning about the space that might exist between the train car and the platform.”
“Not to trip over it,” I added. “Sounds like a valuable warning.”
“The first time we got off of the train, we noticed that there were also signs posted that said the same thing.”
“From then on,” Stan continued, “every time my wife and I would get ready to step on or off the train, we would warn each other, ‘mind the gap!’”
“Before we left London for home, I bought a replica of the warning sign.”
“It is on the wall in my study at home. It serves two purposes.”
“What are they?” I asked.
“The sign reminds me of the wonderful time we had in London, but the more important purpose is that the sign warns me to mind the gap between my relationship with God and what I do in my daily life.”
“It is another warning not to stumble by taking my focus off of the danger of stumbling.”
“Mind the Gap,” I said. “I can remember that!”
If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. John 11:9.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you provide warning signs to keep me from stumbling. You know how often I ignore your warnings and stumble anyway. Thank you that when I do, you are there to pick me up, dust me off, bandage my wounds, and set me back on your lighted path. Please help me to focus on not stumbling by heeding your warnings so you do not have to do all of that! Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.