Anyone who has driven in ATL traffic is aware of the danger in changing lanes. You can put your turn signal on before you do but often it is ignored and even mocked as someone drives past you with a rage in their eyes that you would even think of cutting in front of them.
As I drove this 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport (yes we sell them) yesterday on Interstate 10 between Daphne, AL and Pensacola, FL I placed that turn signal on to change lanes and heard beeping and a warning. Another car had turned before me, sped up and if I had turned there would have been a major collision. But because of that warning the danger was avoided.
When we are thinking about changing lanes in our lives, whether it be relationships, moves, jobs, or any decision that involves major change, God is always there for us to provide encouragement to do so or a warning that it may not be right to do so. When an addict is using the turn signals are usually ignored, God is rarely consulted, and often the result is a major wreck.
On the other hand, when we are in step with the Holy Spirit decisions like those can be like buttering bread, easy and comforting to know that the Lord has our back to step out in faith. The reason is that we are humble, teachable, reachable and willing and open to listen for the right voice. Often he provides a warning beep or a positive sign that gives us a clear vision of our direction, and we feel that peace that passes all understanding about it. If not, beware.
God is providing that clear path for me right now and on January 1, I will be changing lanes, but not leaving the highway. I won't be battling that ATL traffic as much but will instead be taking on these fanatical Alabama fans who ride around with 27 Roll Tide stickers on their cars and wave Crimson Tide flags while driving past you at 90 MPH. Daphne will be my base of operation working as the corporate used car guy but I will still be in ATL at least once or twice a month to visit.
Not leaving the ATB ministry, just operating in a different lane in a reduced capacity., and will still be a part of it and Campus. I thank God that so many other folks have stepped up to lead it that we are now in absolutely the right lane with great directional control. This is a great new opportunity for me that has been in the works for over a year but until now that warning beeper was going off. The owner of the dealerships has made me an offer I could not refuse, and the signs are everywhere that God is leading me here (did I mention it is near the beach).
Now there is a clear path to change lanes, new adventures to take, new blog subjects to write about, but the same God who goes before me, around me and behind me doing the steering. But sorry, no Crimson Tide change of allegiance for me, I will always be a Dawg at heart!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.