Life can be like an amusement park’s race-track ride. There are those that pay extra and get the Fast Pass with no waiting, on queue and no taking turns. They haven’t the patience to wait and they do not want to waste time in line because they want to see it all. They rush around the park looking for the Fast Pass kiosk. It’s always their turn. Then there are those that stand in line no matter how long it takes for a chance to be in the car and in the race. And of course there are always those that just skip the ride and are spectators.
Are you on a fast track, a slow track or no track? I think most of us are hustling around at break neck speed, never slowing in the physical realm. But, what about our spiritual life? Not so simple is it? Like the world that has caught us up on the speedy path in our daily activities, we are caught up on the world’s pace in the spiritual realm. But, truthfully, while it may be speedy, it’s actually in neutral. We’re sitting still, in neutral and the track is moving.
I’ve probably totally confused most of you now. Here’s what I mean.
1) I watched as a couple met in a parking lot. She ran around to open the back door, reached in and grabbed the toddler out of the car-seat. He reached in and got a small suitcase. In a matter of moments the child had gone from one household to another, an emotionless exchange on the part of the two adults between each other. They barely made eye contact. The toddler looked complacent, use to the exchange. It was all done on neutral ground.
2) I watched a pre-teen negotiate the mom in the store. They wanted a CD. The mom said she really didn’t want them listening to that kind of music and that she really couldn’t afford it right now. The child looked at her and raising their voice said, “That’s so stupid. Life’s stupid, you’re stupid.” Looking at her child with a sigh she said, “well I guess if you feel you really need it, we’ll get it.” She didn’t want a scene, she was tired so she took neutral ground in her mind, and gave in to the demand. She was picking her battle and this was one she thought she could lose. What she did was neutral to hold what she thought was mutual ground and not alienate her child, but in actuality she simply gave up more ground.
3) I watch people make a commitment to a cause, a vow, a decision. They make resolutions to help someone, to become a better person and to improve a situation. Noble on the onset, time rushes in and they become neutral. Their commitment to pray for someone becomes a ritual and has no meaning. They begin to lose conviction and their vow no longer matters, they change their mind on their decision. They become politically correct so has not to cause division. They are stuck in neutral.
No matter the situation in your life, a broken commitment, vow or decision… somewhere you went from mutual ground to neutral ground and left The Lord out of the situation, taking it in your own hands. There are religions that teach prayer three times a day, or chants and ritualistic prayers. When your life gets in the fast track and out of control you have forgotten a major TRUTH – YOU HAVE CONSTANT ACCESS.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”
How? It means you are always in line with Heaven. You can hear and you can talk with your Lord. You are always in tune with Him, on His frequency, talking with Him. Just as though He were seated in the car with you, you can always talk with Him and He with you.
Problems in situations in your life? It is probably because: