When I was young and foolish, I could not get my mind around traffic jams. Why were we just sitting there? Why don’t the first cars just move already?
Nowadays, I still don’t understand all the dynamics of a highway, other than a slight decrease in mph
creates disproportionately high increases in road rage. But I realize it isn’t as simple as a large block of cars, moving at the same speed. There are entrances and exits, merging highways, adverse weather, the occasional deer.
Not to mention drivers’ personalities and motives. While some are perfectly content to putt along, 10 mph under the speed limit, others seem to see driving on the highway as a real-life version of Frogger and get sick thrills from merging at dangerously fast rates, for no apparent reason. Some are rushing to an important meeting, others are dragging their feet in getting into the office. One has a sick spouse at home that they can’t wait to get back to, others have a sick spouse at home that they are trying to avoid for as long as possible.
I’m none of those. I’m a copy cat driver. I slow down when others do, speed when everyone else is, take the detour that the majority of cars are taking. This works decently well on the highway.
But I have a tendency to do so in real life too. We’ve been talking a lot about abiding in Christ lately at my internship. One of my key take-aways was the foolishness of comparing ourselves to other branches (believers) instead of the vine (Christ). I don’t know where they are going. I don’t know there personality, motive, experiences. I definitely don’t know what God has planned for them. So why do I spend more time trying to mimic the growth or avoid the pitfalls I see in others rather than nourishing myself?
Driving like that would end me up in Houston instead of Lancaster. Living like that means I miss out on my own journey and end up exhausting myself just spinning my wheels.