An accident ahead had closed one lane of the expressway I was traveling and slowed traffic to a crawl. As far as I could see, the line of cars ahead of me snaked its way southward at a snail’s pace, entirely ignoring my fast approaching appointment.
Common questions raced through my mind reminding me of past similar situations
and resurrecting questions I had asked before: Why hadn’t I left earlier for this speaking responsibility? What would those who were depending on me do if I didn’t arrive on time? Why hadn’t I chosen a different route?
Then a glance to my right changed everything.
In the distance, on a hillside, a white steeple pointed heavenward from a church that was nestled in a grove of trees clothed in gorgeous autumn colors.
This was a time to worship, not worry; a time to give thanks for a slowdown that had called my attention to the beauty that surrounded me in this rolling, multicolored, Lake Michigan dune terrain that spoke so eloquently of its creator.
That was when I heard one of my favorite recording artists filling my car with a moving song of praise. He’d been singing while I had been stewing but, being occupied with my predicament, I hadn’t been tuned in.
Now reality broke through: being delayed was no great tragedy. Here I was surrounded by breathtaking beauty that spoke of the plan and power of my Lord with far more eloquence than I would be able to muster when I reached my destination.
I’m not the first to be moved to worship by the wonders of creation. “The heavens
declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no searching of His understanding. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard,” wrote the Psalmist (Psalm 19:1-3).
Charles Spurgeon, my favorite commentator on the Psalms, said of this text: “Any part of creation has more instruction in it than human minds can ever exhaust. Every moment God’s existence, power, wisdom and goodness are being sounded abroad by the heavenly heralds which shine on us from above.”
According to the Bible, these scenic sermons speak so plainly of our accountability to God that we are all without excuse (Romans 1:10). In other words, nature’s long lecture about God’s love is intended to remind us that the One who created everything according to His eternal plan has a special place in it for you and me.
Now I’m convinced that my expressway awakening was no accident. I nearly missed creation’s scenic sermon that day while hurrying to deliver my own. Without that traffic jam slowdown I might have missed God’s great sermon in splendor.
In spite of my delay, I was able to get to the church on time, arriving enriched by the scenic sermon along the way.
If you’re in a jam today, look for evidences of God’s design in your difficulties.
What you view as an interruption in your plans may be just a temporary slowdown to alert you to the beautiful things He wants to do in your life.