“Objects in mirror are closer than they apppear”

Have you ever heard this comment? . . . or maybe you read it somewhere? Next time you get in your car, check the passenger sideview mirror.
Being a thinker, I have had plenty of opportunity to ponder this statement as it relates to safely operating a vehicle. It is a simple warning to be aware of the proximity of surrounding objects as they can either help or hinder your journey. So it is with God too — a simple safety warning related to operating in this life safely (or should I say securely under God’s protection).
It is all too often that we lose sight of our purpose and haphazardously begin to operate without the proper guidance and preparation, leading us down a path that is slightly off the one highlighted on the GPS. First we make one wrong turn and that doesn’t seem so bad, but if we keep going in that direction then the numerous wrong turns will lead us farther away than we ever expected. A minister friend of mine uses the term “one degree of separation”. That’s all it takes. Just like flying a plane or navigating a boat. If you don’t stay on course and corrrect that “one degree of separation”, you will soon find yourself miles off course. It may take a few minutes, a few hours, or a few years, but it will most definitely happen. “It a slow fade”.
So what good is the safety warning here? Realize that the help you need is closer than your natural mind can perceive. The heavier our burdens, the further away our perception presents the solution. But, if we have received Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, then we have a cure for false perception.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for you souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” — Matthew 11:28-30

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