The road to my office was closed today, as workers replaced the railroad tracks that cross it. The intersection leading into the work area was marked with pylons, a large electronic sign, and detour markers to keep drivers from wandering into a dead end.
Despite the visible warnings and suggested alternate route, I was amazed at how many drivers ignored them and continued down the doomed path.
When they reached the trench where the railroad tracks used to be, it became clear. Yep, that “ROAD CLOSED” sign really meant the road was closed.
To be honest, I’ve done that many times myself. Whether it be challenging a real life “ROAD CLOSED” sign and almost getting stuck in knee-high sand, or simply ignoring God’s direction at different points in my life and choosing my own way instead.
There are good reasons for both the literal and figurative “ROAD CLOSED” signs in our life.
Yes, I am thankful for the truth behind that old cliché that says God allows U-turns. But the older I get, the more I hope to notice – and heed – his “ROAD CLOSED” signs when they first appear.
And not wind up on the wrong side of the tracks.
There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. – Proverbs 14:12
“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.” – Robert Frost