Yesterday I was driving south on I-44 enroute to see my granddaughters for lunch in Texas. At one particular overpass, in the center of the grassy divide, a black and white police car hid from people headed north . Obviously a speed trap. I checked my cruise and was happy that it was set on the speed limit. I didn't brake. I checked my rearview and saw a black truck behind me. As we drove along I noticed every time we came upon an oncoming vehicle, the driver behind me would flash his headlights. Well, most everyone knows that a quick light-flash is "code" for traffic to slow down, speed trap ahead. This went on for about 5 miles. I had mixed feelings as I saw the flashing lights. I know it was a warning. I know the driver didn't want the folks to get caught speeding. But I wondered.
Is this ethical? Would you do this? Wonder what would happen if we all went around flashing our headlights from low to high. Think more folks would slow down out of fear of a speed trap ahead? Even if there isn't one, it could cause folks to think, reset the cruise, or pay closer attention to their foot pressure.
This incident gave me pause to reflect as I drove on. The Lord has given us His Word to warn us of traps ahead. They are the ones Satan sets to catch us, to tempt us, to entice us, to bring us down. "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105. God gives us all we need to protect us from entanglements in life. As Christians He empowers us with His own Spirit to check our spirits--or flash His Light--to let us know to beware of impending problems should we decide to keep the course we are on. Slow down, don't fall into temptation. Be vigilant. Put on the whole armor of God. Has God been trying to slow you down lately? Is there an area in your life in which you're moving too fast? Are you pushing the pedal a bit harder than necessary to reach your goal? Is impatience a problem? Perhaps He is helping you develop more self-control. selahV
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