It was fall, and my wife and I headed to see the leaves in northwest New Jersey. We had cider and donuts, and our eyes were filled with God's great autumn art show. We were headed home, when I crested a hill and saw a long traffic jam. What was this bumper-to-bumper doing in my country paradise?
I was forced to do something I can't ever remember doing on that little country highway. Drive slow! For the first time, I noticed this beautiful little lake I had never seen before with colorful trees reflected in it. I saw animals and panoramas that I had missed all these years of traveling this road. Oh, they'd always been there, but I was always moving too fast.
Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still and know that I am God." Those things really go together. "Be still," and while you're still you'll "know that I am God." It could be that God has been trying to get you to realize that He is God - maybe for most of your life. Once you do, your life takes on a peace and beauty you've probably never known was possible.
I missed so much all those years on that country road because I'd always been in such a hurry. You know, people miss a relationship with their Creator the same way. The sad thing is that this is the relationship you've been looking for all your life; the one you've hoped every other person in your life would be for you and they couldn't.
In Colossians 1:16 it says about Jesus: "All things were made by Him and for Him." That includes you and me. He's the One you were made by, and made for, and it could be you've missed Him all these years. That's why the hole in your heart never goes away. We're traveling at high speed, high stress, high impact, and low fulfillment.
Maybe God's suddenly slowed you down, just like I was, so I could see what I'd never seen before. Maybe He slowed you down with a change in your health, job, finances, marriage, or with a child. Somehow God's forced you to hit the brakes, and He's saying, "Would you be still and know that I am God?" Don't miss this incredible opportunity to finally find what you've been looking for your whole life.
The first step to experiencing God for yourself is realizing that you're not God in a sense of being boss of your own life. Most of us approach life like, "God, I've got this idea. Why don't you run the universe and I'll run me." The Bible has a word for that - sin. And it makes it clear, "The soul that sins, it will die." We will never know God until we have faced the seriousness of us trying to be our own God. Then how do you get rid of the sin that has separated you from your Creator, and it will separate you for all eternity if it's not removed somehow.
That can only be done by One person; the One of whom the Bible says, "God demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." The view God has slowed you down to see is the cross of His Son, Jesus Christ, so you can make your way to that cross to make your peace with God. Maybe you've sped by it your whole life. This is your day to stop and see that it was for you.
Haven't you lived long enough without the relationship you were made for? Let this be the day you begin your personal relationship with the man who loved you enough to die for you, was powerful enough to walk out of His grave, and is ready to walk into your life this very day. Simply tell Him, "Jesus, I'm Yours."
After years of running so fast, He's slowed you down so you can know His love and know His peace. Don't drive by Him again.