Out the front of our house is a sign that says:
“PLEASE SLOW DOWN
It just seemed to blend in with all the other signs along our long residential road but one day I actually stopped to think about it.
This sign doesn’t seem that unusual, there’s probably hundreds of others similar to it all across our city. The only strange thing about this sign on our road is the fact that we don’t live on a dusty road! In fact, it’s fully sealed from the very top all the way down to the bottom 1.5kms later.
Sure, there are small sections on the side of the road where the grass has struggled and there’s some bare dirt. But I didn’t feel these spots caused so much dust that signs needed to be put up all along the road.
Well the other day I happened to bump into a lady as I was walking up our street. We got chatting and I discovered she had lived on our street for 42 years. So I asked her about the sign.
Apparently only half the road used to be sealed and as there’s a state park at the end of our road all the “hoons” used to drive fast on the dirt and make a real mess of the area. The signs didn’t seem to have much impact and so the residents got together. As it was a private road the council would not seal it so all the people who lived on the street contributed money so that the road could be sealed.
20 years later I am now living with the benefits of the people who have been on the street before me. No one bothered taking down the signs but they‘re now a permanent reminder of how a community of neighbours moved and sacrificed together to make our street a better place.
Just like my neighbours of the past moved to make our street a better place, so too, has God moved to make our lives better.
The Bible is a great signpost to remind us how God has moved. He moved by dividing the Red Sea so the Israelites could walk to safety. He moved by closing the lions’ mouths so Daniel was not killed. He moved through the prophets to give warning to the people. He moved through the apostles to share His message of love and grace. And He moved incredibly through Jesus who offered us the ultimate act of love.
As we read through the Bible we are reminded of how incredibly God has moved in the past. And this is the same God we worship today. Therefore, as we read these stories of God’s movement we can be assured that this same God can move in the same way today.
Lord, move in my life today. May I be reminded of your incredible power and trust You will be present in my situation today. Amen.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.