I Could Have Asked...
I would like to share an experience I had driving to work recently.
Here we go! Transparency time! Yay!
There I was, driving along on the highway, with my worship music on, just singing and praising the Lord, surrounded by His Presence!
It was great!
All of a sudden…I see a truck’s headlights come up on me and start flashing, signaling me to get out of the way.
Now I could have just pulled into the slower lane to the right and let the driver pass, but I was in the center lane on the highway and I thought they could have just as easily passed me in the left lane.
The truck stayed behind me for another 15 seconds, continuing to flash it’s headlights. It did finally pass me in the left lane, blowing their horn at me as I was unwilling to move.
(Here’s where I could have asked the Holy Spirit to assist me, but didn’t)
At this point my flesh rose up and grunted and grumbled something about that person and I laid on my horn in response. I then proceeded to pass them and got in front of them again and sped off showing my superiority.
I showed THEM, right?
Then I went right back to singing and praising the Lord. That’s ironic, isn’t it?
Well, The Holy Spirit spoke very clearly to my spirit, “Mark, what are you doing?” and showed ME, right there and right then this Scripture about the tongue:
“With it we bless [our] Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come [both] blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.”
[James 3:9-10 NASB95]
I woke up the next morning with a fresh revelation of who I am, and Whose I am. I stopped and listened to The Holy Spirit and asked how I can pray for and bless the drivers on the road, no matter what happens. This will always result in what this Scripture says in James 3:18:
“And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.”
[Jas 3:18 NLT]