Friday, December 16, 2011

Spk2Me in the Rollin' Convoy

As I set off on my commute to work this morning, I couldn't help but notice the message on the Causeway's jumbotrons.

"Fog on bridge.  Rolling convoy in progress.  Headlights on. No lane changes."

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All I could think was, 
"Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got us a convoy...
Cuz we got a little convoy rockin' thru the night                                       Yeah we got a little convoy ain't she a beautiful sight
Come on and join our convoy ain't nothin' gonna get in our way
We gonna roll this truckin' convoy across the USA Pontchartrain
Convoy"  (lyrics by C. W. McCall & Chip Davis)
Okay, so I really wasn't that excited, nor was the convoy much of a beautiful sight. But as my New Jersey friends say, "It is what it is.  What are you gonna do?"

Into the dense fog I proceeded, along with countless other commuters suspended over a 24 mile expanse of water on just a couple of southbound lanes of concrete.  As I was leisurely putting along at an average of 30 miles per hour, I became wrapped up in my thoughts about the day and weekend ahead.  Then, my thoughts quieted---amazing, I know.  Suddenly I noticed the license plate of a car in the lane next to me.

It said, "SPK2ME."

I kind of brushed it off for a bit, but due to this convoy the license plate just kept staying in my line of vision.  Why?

Finally I said, "Okay, Lord, I get it.  I am here.  I hear you loud & clear."  Then I proceeded to remind Him (& myself) of Who He is and to thank Him for Who He is in my life and for all of the blessings He bestows on me.

As I was speaking to him, I noticed a pelican in the fog off to my right.  This pelican intrigued me, as they always do.  It was flying through the fog as if this dense mist put no damper whatsoever on its flight path.  This pelican was assured of where it was flying and appeared calm and graceful as it flew.  I, too, was calm and unafraid as I was driving across this bridge through thick clouds of fog.

How can that be?

Well, the pelican and I share something in common (other than being Louisiana residents)...we both know this territory well due to daily travel throughout it.  Even through the fog, I know what lies ahead on this bridge.  I know that at Mile Marker Sixteen I will be on top of the one and only draw-bridge portion of the Causeway.  I know that every three and a half miles there is an emergency crossover / turnaround if needed. And, I know that this is a straight bridge with no curves to the right nor left.
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I imagine the pelican knows similar details about its flight path and resting points.  It definitely knows where the fish are, as evidenced by the sharp sudden dives beak-first into the water!

You see, the pelican and I both know that this is the same bridge, sky, and water in the fog as it is in the clear.  No matter what we can or cannot see, the secure and constant surfaces and forces that hold us up are still there and are as firm and dependable now as ever.  Our sight, or lack thereof, does not change their presence nor stability.

Another thing that keeps me at peace when I can barely distinguish the sky from the water from the edge of the roadway is knowing that the pace-setting vehicle leading the convoy is guiding us through and keeping us safe.  Though I cannot always see the flashing lights of the guiding vehicle, I know it is there ahead of us and I trust its driver to guide us through the dense fog to safety at the other end of the bridge.

You can draw your own conclusions, but for me this morning was definitely a time of my faithful God reminding me of His constant presence, reliability, guidance, protection and provision for me.

  • He reminded me of my preparation for these times of fog in life.  
  • He reminded me that He has always protected me and even grown me through these times.  
  • Even when I did not trust Him in past fogs, I am still able to look back and see that I was safe the entire time---safe because He was leading me---safe because He was protecting me.

Are you in a foggy time of life right now?

Do you know and trust the Pace-setter and Guide?

He not only knows these misty paths you are on---He created them.  
He has walked though tougher times than these 
and made it through victoriously 
so that we can have victory and peace as well.

How will you remind God (and yourself) of Who He is today and Who He has proven Himself to be in your life?


Edie said...

Hi Haelie,

I just accepted your invitation to connect on LinkedIn. Since I didn't know who you were I previewed your profile and made my way over here to your blog and this post.

I just wanted you to know that this was providential. I have been fretting over circumstances quite a bit lately and especially so today. God went out of His way to lead me here to read this. Thank you for listening to Him.

Have a most Wonderful Celebration of our Savior's Birth my new friend! <3

misterp said...

Thank you Haelie God knew I needed this message at this point in my life. For I am going through some difficult times that have been going on know for over 4 months in which I or my wife have been led to different passages in the bible or her devotional that continue to lead me through this rough road I have been traveling on. And as I read through your blog It reminded me how God has always been steering me in the right direction through this whole process providing me with everything I have needed to have peace and comfort through all of it and reminding me that He is in control always even in the hard and difficult times, and when I can't see through to the end of what this journey in my life will bring forth and be fruitful. But then we serve an AWESOME GOd :) I hope you and your Family have a very Merry Christmas Your friend miterp

Haelie said...

Edie - You just cannot imagine HOW providential your visiting this post really is. 1) My sister's name is Edie. When I saw the email about a comment from Edie on my blog I was surprized. My sister (whose birthday was yesterday - when you commented) never leaves comments on my blog. 2) Just writing this post was a step of faith. The message was obviously in my heart since the convoy day last week, but when I wrote the post I felt very unstructured as I wrote it. I trusted, though, that I did not need to edit it but to let it be. I trusted that the Holy Spirit led me very specifically in writing it how it was meant to be written. 3) I wasn't even sure if anyone would see it or be interested in it, but again I trusted that God would draw those He intended to speak to with it in ways only He knew. And so He did. Thank you GREATLY for your comment (which brought me to tears of joy & faith) as it was God's confirmation through you that He is still using me and my writing for Him. To God be the glory!

MisterP - Hello there, my dear faithful friend! Thank you as well for your heartfelt comment sharing how God used this post in your life as well. Again, I echo what I said to Edie. Your comment was a double confirmation of God's calling on my life and of His daily, intricate leading of every detail. Bless you, my friend!

Merry Christmas to ALL!!!!

Edie said...

He is Amazing the way He orchestrates circumstances. :)