Stay in Your Lane

cars on the highway

By: Shawn Weaver

In the past few months, I have had the joy of teaching my son to drive.

Nearly all accidents happen when the paths of cars intersect. Whether in lane changes, intersections, or simply turning into a destination, the probability of a collision increases greatly in the places we cross paths. Despite our efforts, we are still unable to control other drivers. Therefore, one of the best ways to avoid collisions is to…stay in your lane.

Think about it. The lanes are really amazing. Lanes allow millions of vehicles traveling at high rates of speed to pass within sometimes inches of each other. They allow us to move from highway to highway with almost no risk. While collisions still happen, they are rare when compared to the amount of activity going on over our roadways. 

What would the New Jersey Turnpike look like without lane markers or signs? Chaos and, of course, collisions. That might sound like some of our families, workplaces, or relationships. Chaos and collisions. When the devil gets his way, chaos is one of the first fruits we see. Pain, division, and brokenness is not far behind.

In contrast, whenever God is given authority, order is one of the first fruits we see. Not in order to the point of being sterile and lifeless, but in order to sustain life. Like lanes on a highway.

In the same way, collisions in life often come when we or someone else did not stay in their lane. Whether we knew where to be and chose not to stay, or whether we didn’t know our place at all, pain is still often the result. 

The apostle Paul understood his place.  

2 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV) We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us–a sphere which especially includes you.

The limits of the sphere. Lane markers on the highway. How do we find our place? True order will always come from God. Order is meant to promote life and not restrict it. Staying in our lane allows us to fully go where we need to while allowing others to go where they need to. 

Who is Jesus to you? Who has God given to help you? Who has God given to you to

empower and protect? Who are you to be serving? All questions that can help us find our lane.

God’s heart is for us to not have worry about the things we can’t control and to simply enjoy the ride… our lane.