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A Particular Pace

Psychologists have a test for everything and I’m sure they could analyze me just by my driving habits.

Never one to be accused of being patient, they might term my condition the “chronic-hurriedness-syndrome” (CHS).

They might then assign me with a Go-Pro camera in my car to study my habits for the sake of prescribing for my rehabilitation.

On one particular occasion, they would see me impatiently waiting for a self-deprecating driver pulling into (trying to pull into) the toll booth lane from the Thruway exit lane. I let this person merge. But they kept creeping along on the shoulder instead of merging into my lane. I am convinced that if I reviewed my Go-Pro camera, I would observe that they must have been missing their rear-view mirror or some part of their brain that was designed for driving.

Even my “Driver Psychologist” (DP) would have to concede that you are not supposed to drive on the shoulder. Eventually, this reluctant merger came clean and entered my lane. My DP would review the film and pat my head for my extravagant grace.

There is a certain corporate gate that traffic must maintain in order to avoid constant fender-benders and more serious crashes.

People who are afraid to merge, for example, do not help the pace of traffic by being overly concerned at the vehicles behind them. They simply - and dangerously - back traffic up and create the potential that one person’s pace will “merge” with someone else’s rear license plate.

PORTAL TO HEAVEN: Whether we are a fast or slow driver, there is a certain pace on any given day on any given road and keeping up with it when we are turning, merging or just motoring down a freeway is important to safe travel. This portal is analogous to our work in churches, employment, home life and our spiritual walk where we must voluntarily “merge” with God’s purposeful pace.

[Moses] went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand…But Moses said, ‘Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else. Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses… ‘I am the Lord’s servant,' Mary answered. 'May your word to me be fulfilled.’

Exodus 2:11,12 NIV, Exodus 4:13,14 NIV , Luke 1:38 NIV


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