Friday Focus: Cautions & Citations

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Christ cautions our lives with citations

“The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.” – Proverbs 14:16

This morning in my flurry to get to the office on time I got pulled over! Ugh! Grrrrr. Not a great way to start a Friday morning! It’s been a crazy hectic week and I’m just trying to make it through today to get to the weekend! I mean, what did this cop think he was doing pulling me over? No, I don’t know the posted speed limit on this particular street, why don’t you tell me what it is. LOL Then, I get a ticket AND a lecture. He probably thought I was crazy when he came to my window because I was giggling just thinking of how I would transition from this situation into the rest of my day. I was silently tapping as he took a ridiculous amount of time to write my ticket and impatiently waiting like “sir, come on, how long does it take? I don’t need a lecture, I need my ticket and I need to go. I’m going to be even later for work.” Here I come defensive driving. Hahah

I was talking to my husband on the rest of the drive in and began to reflect on how God cautions our lives with citations too. I’m not saying God is throwing around paper tickets at us but his citations come in many different forms. Can you reflect on times when God has cautioned your life with a citation? When he has gave you a warning that what’s ahead is dangerous long before it approaches? Or are we too tuned out to even acknowledge his citations and warnings for caution?

I keep thinking about the story of Mary of Bethany and her sister Martha. Martha constantly busied herself with domestic labor and work while Mary sat quietly at the foot of Jesus. Mary was still at his feet. Martha didn’t see the “citation” or “warning” of Jesus to slow down, come sit at his feet, and learn his truths. She was far too busy and in the fast lane which stopped her from seeing the purpose. But on the other hand we have Mary, she was longing for Jesus’ truths and slowed down and took the caution to spend the time with Jesus. She anointed his feet with perfume and rubbed his feet with her hair. She slowed down and made Him her priority.

“The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” – Psalms 110:1

I am always on the go, but I am learning quickly about balance, priority, the value of the word “yes” and even more so of my self-worth. I can think back and I know there are many times in many situations I ignored the caution of Jesus and ended up with citations in my life. Whether it was poor decision making in my finances, irrational decisions in my marriage, hostile decisions with family/friends, it was like once I got spiraling down the path at top speed, there was no stopping me. But God, he can stop us all, dead in our tracks. He can put a halt on everything in our lives and turn our worlds upside down. Literally in the blink of an eye.

In this season we are in right now I feel the Lord is cautioning us to come to him, to slow down and spend time with him. “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” – Proverbs 16:9 He wants us to be still at his feet like Mary of Bethany and learn his truths and word. He wants to control our lives and create the things only he has the power to make. The challenge is to slow down, go the “speed limit”, and wait patiently on God. In all we do, our infertility journey, our marriage, our finances, we must submit to him.

No one likes the hassle of getting a ticket, going to court, paying fines or taking defensive driving, but to think that maybe, just maybe that ticket saved our life, prevented us from an accident, put us two minutes ahead/behind of a wreck and slowed us down enough to let us think about what we’re doing. God is doing the same thing for us, he is protecting us from ourselves, slowing us down with caution and hoping we see his Glory and power in all we do.

I like to go fast, I am busy, but with God’s grace I am learning to slow down and acknowledge his citations of caution in my life.

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