Rumble Strips

But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. For this reason it says, 'Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.' Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but under stand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:13-17 (The New American Standard Bible)

On warm summer nights, for example the night before last, when our bedroom windows are open and the breeze is from the NE, I can hear the sounds of the trucks on I-95. I can also hear the sounds of vehicles as they stray from the right hand lane onto the rumble strips in the break-down lane. Rumble strips are those corrugated strips along the edge of the driving lanes and at the approach to a turnpike toll booth. The prime purpose is to alert drivers to the fact that something is changing and that immediate action must be taken. Running over these strips produces an unmistakable sound and vibration that arouses one from the deepest lack of attention. It is nice to have these safeguards in place, and I'm certain many lives have been saved by encounters with these mini-washboards. I'm thankful this morning for the spiritual rumble strips that help to define the ways of Christian life. Obviously the encouragement is to be vigilant, making the most of our time. Yet at times we g et off the track or slumber as we travel along. In those times when the warning sounds become obvious it is important to take the necessary corrective measures and avoid the consequences.

I’m thankful for the spiritual safeguards you place along the roads we travel so that we might remain vigilant, attentive to your will for our lives.

By Carol (North Carolina, USA)