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A Rolling Stop

Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days.  Proverbs 19:20 NASB

Photo courtesy of pixabay.A young engaged couple tried to beat the train with their car. They were both killed.

We live on the edge of a town facing mountains across a railway line. Railroad crossings are to the left and right of our street. Growing up, the train was our major mode of transportation. Old restored stations fascinate me, so I cherish God’s wisdom in helping us choose our home.

When we bought the place, friends said they would never live near the tracks. The noise of trains would bother them. In our rural area, passenger trains pass through once daily, but freight trains pass several times, carrying grain or coal.

There is something comforting about the train’s movements. When I am able, I take walks towards the mountains. To do so, I have to pass over one of the crossings. Both are marked with warning signs. One even has a large red stop sign.

Rarely do I witness a vehicle come to a full stop and the driver look and listen, checking both ways. Most drivers do a rolling stop. Knowing how irregularly the freight trains move through, I want to shout a warning. Then I realize if all the signs and road markings don’t stop a driver, one word from me would have little effect.

Human life is precious to our heavenly Father, whether we know Him or not. He loved everyone enough to allow His Son Jesus to die for all. Sometimes, we are in a risk-it hurry mode and prefer to make a rolling stop through life rather than heed God’s Word. The stop signs in the Word are for our benefit. The word listen appears over and over. Gods knows us to the core.

Impatience might drive us to take a rolling stop, but in the process we may lose our life. Take the time and heed God's words of warning. Stop, look, and listen.

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Rusty Lang

Rusty A Lang is an author pseudonym for Marlene A Morphew. Schooled in brokenness, Marlene has served the Christian church internationally for over forty years. Her passion is for people to be released into the Kingdom of God, living a natural supernatural life for Jesus Christ. Living in Australia, she can be followed on Facebook and through a regular blog on her website, www.rustyalang.com. Her books Good Things Take Time: Metamorphosis of a Damaged Soul and Timeless Treasures: Digging for Gold Daily may be ordered directly from her website in Australia or from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.