“Six Miles Ahead”
By Osceola Foster
Chippewa Correctional Facility, Kincheloe, MI
Congratulations on ushering in this new year with renewed energy, confidence and, of course, the grace of God. Thank God for your works! We acknowledge the fact that we are blessed to have you guys in our corner supporting us.
I want to share with you something from a great source. The book is called, Besides Still Waters. It’s a great inspirational daily Bible reading. This pamphlet is the March-April volume 22, issue 2. The story is apparently forwarded to them by Mr. Denver Yoder – Somerset, Ohio. It references us to read: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 and the story is titled, Six Miles Ahead. Here we go, I am going to go word-for-word.
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. – Matthew 24:44
We were traveling through central Georgia on Interstate 75 when we passed a road construction sign that stated, Left Lane Closed Six Miles Ahead.” We noticed that numerous vehicles soon merged into the right lane. Many other vehicles traveled on at high speed in the left lane, until it was too late to merge properly. This caused a traffic jam that could have been avoided if every driver had done his part. The highway department goes to great lengths to properly warn motorists of dangers ahead. However, many seem to think, “as long as I am ahead of you, nothing else matters.”
This reminded me of Jesus’ words, “straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:14). Many seem to ignore the warning signs that Jesus gave, and they run full speed ahead in the “left lane” until it’s too late to enter Christ’s Kingdom. Their chosen lane looks open, the progress is fast, and obstacles seem few. But suddenly the lane comes to an end, and they find themselves in trouble.
On our spiritual journey, Jesus has provided an entrance into the, “right lane.” When we heed the instructions in the Scripture, we are promised that “an entrance shall be ministered unto [us] abundantly into the everlasting Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:11). This is a choice that each has to make. Unlike the case of the traffic jam, we cannot yield and make room for others to enter the kingdom, yet our recklessness and disregard may greatly hinder them. How well are we following the signs that God has placed for us?
We cannot travel in the left lane and expect to be “right.”
It’s been placed on my heart to share this with you. I pray that it’s able to be utilized for as many people as possible. God Bless You!