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Past The Stop Line

By Peter P. Macinta

As one drives along US 50 on the Eastern Shore of Maryland they will come across the City of Cambridge where the Hyatt established a site numerous years ago. Directly across from the entrance to the Hyatt is Maryland Route 16.

One day we headed toward US 50 by MD 16 and had to wait at the stoplight. There is a mechanism below the ground just behind the stop lines of all four roads (this includes both eastbound and westbound lanes). The mechanism senses if a vehicle is stopped over it and in due time if you have a red light, you get a green.

As we stopped, we saw that the traffic on US 50 in both directions was stopping. Usually, barring the need for left hand turns, any vehicles leaving the Hyatt get the green light first, then MD 16 gets a turn.

Well, there indeed was a vehicle that had stopped on the Hyatt side. However, he was past the stop line. As far as his light knew, his vehicle did not exist. So, he did not get a green light, but the traffic on MD 16 did. The poor guy had to wait there while traffic flowed.

As we made a left onto US 50 and headed west I had to feel a bit sorry for the man knowing he would be waiting for some time until he would realize his mistake and back up to behind the line or someone come behind him.

I do not know how long he waited, but he did have to wait. If he did not wait and go past the red he would be inviting trouble. This happens to us too when we rush ahead in the plans that God has for us--or what we think He has for us.

The Holy Spirit through James (James 4:13-16) gives us the proper frame of mind we should have in all matters: "Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil."

For those of us that know Christ, we must not leave God out of any facet of our lives. While you might consider yourself an average person, God often uses the average, and often the "below average," to do His will.

Seek the face of God to make sure you are operating on His plans and schedule. Otherwise you might find yourself waiting for some things or coming across unnecessary trouble.

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