Go Kart driving is so much fun! Racing around a track, passing other drivers with the wind hitting my face is so exciting. When I have the chance to hit the track, I leave all my cares behind and just focus on zipping as fast as I can around and around until the whistle goes off and the flag goes up.
Recently, I was on the track with some friends. It had been a pretty tough week for all of us and we just wanted to laugh and have a great time. As the whistle sounded, we revved up the engines and took off around the track attempting to pass each other while talking trash as we got close enough to hear each other. Suddenly I realized that I was the only one going around the track. I looked around and the attendant had now resorted to waving a flag feverishly to tell me to stop immediately. I never heard the whistle or noticed that others were going in for a landing. I totally missed the queue.
That night I was thinking about how easy it was for me to miss the queue at a track that I had frequented many times before. The truth is, I was not listening, nor was I paying attention.
A go kart track is pretty harmless and besides the brief embarrassment and ribbing from my friends, nothing else was at stake.
When I compare that kind of miss to life events where I have missed a queue, the results have been more devastating. The calamity either occurs because I missed an important queue, or I choose to ignore them, justifying why or why not something happened.
The scripture Luke 21:36 encourage us to watch as well as pray. The new living translation of Luke 21:36 puts it like this, “Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”
I have never seen it fail, the Lord will give you a queue and a warning that allows you to change a course and go a different direction 1Corinthians 10:13 speaks of a way of escape that will be made. The problem is, so often we miss those warnings, and we even miss the way of escape that is made for us because we are not paying attention, not tuned in, or don’t want to believe what we see.
I often think of my grandmother’s words when I would show her something, she would say, “girl go get my specs so I can see what’s going on.” That’s what we all need to do, put our minds eye on and pay attention so we are prepared for what comes our way.
Tanya is an inspirational speaker and writer living in Charlotte. You can friend her on Facebook or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.