Strolling through DFW airport this morning led to a discovery. Walking passengers do not have the right of way. Looking for the gate where my flight would depart left me angling down the long corridor. Soon I heard, ?You have a cart behind you, car behind you.? I turned and saw tram car following hard behind. What was really being said was, ?Get out of the way.? We?re more mobile, on a mission and you stand between us and our destination.?
Today people are sold the notion spirituality and so spiritual maturity may be expressed by following ?these? easy steps. Giving in to an easy step-by-step often leaves us either shallow or wanting. Maturity comes over the long haul. Just ask any reflective person.
The spiritual fast lane is littered with wrecks, stalls and many asleep at the wheel. We should consider pedestrians ? those walking ? still have the right of way, or maybe the right way. In a culture where transportation was bi-pedal, walking, it is little wonder Paul used this metaphor for following Jesus. We should park our cars in the driveway and learn to walk/follow Jesus rather than hope to speed ahead.
Pedestrian travel is slow, tedious and, well, slow. Our instant culture needs a dose of slow. In the Scriptures, pedestrians have the right of way.