“That Was A Stop Sign!” (Matthew 26:49-50)

Jake and I were returning from an afternoon at the beach in the summer before my senior year in high school. Although he had visited my home many times, he had never driven the streets. We were two blocks away from my home and approaching a four way intersection with a stop sign that was positioned slightly outside the line of sight, and on this day, it was definitely outside of my friend’s sight.

 

“Jake! That was a stop sign!”

 

We raced past the stop sign and into the intersection, straight into an oncoming car which T-boned us. The unmistakable sound of crunched metal followed as I beheld the face of driver of the smashed car, inches from my face. Thankfully, no one was hurt but obviously we were all quite shaken. On that day, God intervened and preserved the life of myself, my friend, and the driver of the other car. It was a stop sign, barely visible and clearly ignored.

 

And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.

Matthew 26:49-50 (ESV)

 

Jesus Christ gave His betrayer, Judas Iscariot, a chance to repent but he ignored it. In full knowledge of His betrayal, with a loving embrace and kiss, Jesus called Judas His friend, a stop sign that God placed in the path of Judas, to allow him to repent. Visible and clearly ignored.

 

God sometimes places large stop signs in my path to stop me from sinning or to redirect my path. I readily see these, anyone can. It is the smaller stop signs, nearly hidden from my sight, that I need to heed. I pray that I will not be so intent on satisfying my own desires that I fail to recognize the stop signs that God places in my life to turn me to do His will.

 

Amen!

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

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