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-Flipped Cars and Flashing Lights- By Rheannon
Here I am again, in the truck with my husband, crossing the great frozen tundra of America. What a different feeling it is to travel in the winter than in the summer or fall. There is a huge difference in the scenery, naturally. The copper colors and lush leaves of fall have given way to the beauty of snow and ice, crystallized on trees and glittering off the highway.
Normally, I think of winter from the perspective of my Flathead Valley Montana home. True, its cold, but it is beautiful…which is good. I’m the biggest cold wimp I know. I have like, zero cold tolerance, so there has to be an up factor to winter for me. HA! The mountains where I live provide a block from a lot of harsher winter weather that one could experience elsewhere…
Elsewhere…yesterday and today, we have been driving the flat lands of the US. Let me tell you – COLD. The wind here blows sideways across the plains and dances on the highway in front of us, creating a mesmerizing swirl of hypnosis on the road. Its pretty cool, really. The only problem is what lies beneath that swoosh of beautiful flirtatious white…
Cars everywhere are spinning out of control and donning their flashers like they are lighting to the unheard beat of January’s icy song. We have seen cars facing the wrong direction, stuck in the ditch, flipped over, crunched fenders, blown tires, blinding emergency vehicle’s flashing a warning, and it goes on and on for miles.
Sometimes the things we think we are sure of are a slippery slope. Like black ice hiding beneath the swirl of beautiful white, life can have its own hidden agenda. Ever find yourself caught in a moment where you thought everything was under your control and then all of a sudden it wasn’t? I sure have. I put my car in the ditch a couple weeks ago on a road that I have driven a million times. Just got that tire barely ley far enough into the snow on the side of the road to get sucked straight down in there. Deep snow…deep pooh. I wasn’t even on my phone!
I wish there were warning signs that would magically light up in our lives when we are headed for trouble. I mean, come on – I could use some flashers if there’s danger ahead! Well, I have’t seen any floating blinking warning signs recently, but I have heard Holy Spirit speaking to my heart. He guides me and gives me direction and wisdom for life. If you have given your life to Christ, and the Spirit of God lives in you, then you have this same Spirit in you!
Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit as the Comforter. Holy Spirit is the Wisdom of God made available to us through Christ. He’s our floating blinking warning sign when we are about to get ourselves in deep pooh! The deal is though, we have to train ourselves to listen for His words. It could be so easy to miss it!
Listen for Holy Spirit’s still small voice inside you when the road of life gets that swirly mesmerizing white haze. Especially when you think you have it all under control. It may just keep you out of life’s ditch.
“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my Name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:26 NIV