Wrong Way Street

En route to church in Aberdeen last week, I foolishly ignored the satnav and turned up a side street in an attempt to find a parking space. The street was narrow and all the cars were facing me. As I drove along, I suspected- and was proved correct when turning around to see the signs- that it was a one-way street, the direction of which I had just transgressed. A car was turning in and I was illegally pulling out. I effected a frazzled look, which won him over and elicited a laugh. Unless some hidden camera causes the issuing of a fine, I got away with it, parked, and attended worship.

Later, I reviewed my day’s travels with Google Maps, which I find to be a useful tool. Evidently, driving the wrong way down a street caused it to malfunction. It clearly could not understand what I had done, and miscalculated my position, my direction and ability to drive through four-storey buildings.

My disobedience to the highway regulations, albeit unwitting, resulted in some faulty mapping and misjudged location. So with obeying God’s moral laws. When He says a way is forbidden, and we take it anyway, life messes up. When God invites us one way, but we refuse, our way is destruction.

So you may walk in the way of goodness,

And keep to the paths of righteousness.

For the upright will dwell in the land,

And the blameless will remain in it;

But the wicked will be cut off from the earth,

And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.

Proverbs 2:20-22