318. Get Out of the Way

“A couple of weeks ago,” Stan began, “my wife and I drove out to that farming community by Grangerville.  We wanted to pick up some of those blueberries they grow out there.”

“Get some?” I asked.

“Yeah, finally,” Stan replied.  “It took just about forever to get there!”

“What was the problem?” I asked.

“Well, I should know better,” Stan responded, “but farm folks don’t drive as fast as city dwellers.  And they have equipment to move down the road that sometimes gets in the way of those wanting to go faster.”

“Is that what happened with you and your wife?”  Asked.

“It is,” Stan replied. “We got behind a farmer and his tractor on a narrow road and just couldn’t get by.  He finally came to a wide spot in the road and pulled over to let me get by.”

“That was nice of him,” I commented.

“It was,” Stan said, “and it showed me a real spiritual lesson.”

“A farmer and his tractor on a country road showed you a spiritual lesson?   How so?” I asked.

“Well, Stan continued, “I had the picture of the Holy Spirit trying to get by me, waiting patiently for me to pull over and get out of His way.”

“Way too often,” he went on, “I am just chugging along, going at my own pace, doing what I want to do, when the Holy Spirit is wanting me to get out of His way so He can get by and be in front.”

“It usually takes me way too long,” Stan concluded, “but finally I will glance over my shoulder, see the Holy Spirit, pull over, and get out of His way.”

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If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.  Galatians 5:25.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you want to lead me.  And thank you that you want me to get out of your way so you can lead.  I confess that way too often I fail to yield to what you want and have failed to get myself out of your way.  Please forgive me.  I ask that you move in me in exact accord with your will so I will choose to get out of your way, choose to let you lead, and choose to follow you.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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