Joining with my friend Suzie Eller for #livefreethursday. Be sure to pop by her site.
Yielding is never really seen as the “big move” when you are driving. I mean everyone’s favorite is , “Go,” because it seems to get you and your car where you want to be, your next destination.
And , “stop” seems important because well if you don’t stop, and everyone else does a crash is coming. Or if other people are going which is why you are supposed to stop, a crash is coming.
But yield. Well, I know people (sometimes me, let’s be honest) can tend to treat a yield sign the same way you do a yellow light . Let’s try to get through it.
But yielding is important.
I will never forget the time I didn’t yield. There was not a sign, but you know if you are going to turn right on red, you must first yield.
I did yield, but just not long enough. I turned right, not noticing that the people on the other side of the intersection had a green arrow.
Oh, that awful feeling when you know that a crash is coming.
I remember stepping out of the car and apologizing right away. When the cop got there He seemed very surprised when I threw my hands up in the air and said, ” It’s my fault.”
He said he was not used to an admission of guilt like that.
He could have written me a ticket. Let’s not talk about how my tags were expired because I could not pass the emissions test in my county, how my car looked like a homeless person lived in it because I am constantly traveling and I had left my purse and my driver’s license in my boss’s car that night.
But instead of a ticket, He gave me grace. And the person I was in a crash with gave me grace also.
Yielding was important.
I am so grateful for the ways in which God offers grace when I am not yielding in obedience to His will. Sometimes, like the Israelites, it means more wilderness wanderings, but He does give grace.
I would much rather yield to God’s ways than crash taking my own way.
I love Suzie’s quote.
Living a yielded life is rarely a big move, it’s simply telling Jesus yes over and over again.
I believe that often involves, like yielding at a yield sign, a pause to seek and see what yes or no God is calling us to.
Where is God asking you to yield for His direction?