Stop, Yield & Go
For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
If earth is a glimpse of heaven, 'For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror' (1 Corinthians 13:12), then we might consider earthly signs as spiritual guideposts. Even traffic lights. But, instead of 'stop, go, yield,' I propose 'stop, yield, go' to be more godly.
Consider it: yellow, the traffic signal where many feet hit the accelerator, no longer follows green. Instead, the green light turns directly to red. In response, we hit the brakes immediately. For opposing cars, the signal no longer turns from red to green, but instead from red to yellow, then to green--indicating they first yield to oncoming traffic; then they go.
How many deadly collisions might be avoided? Think about the first car stopped at a red light. As the light turns green, the driver hits his accelerator. But in the other direction, a risk-taking driver speeds up to make the light, but it's red when he goes through--and the two cars collide.
God gives better directions. On the highways of our lives, He tells us to stop, yield, and go.
Specifically, we must stop following our own short-sighted plans and wait on His better plan. 'Listen to this, O Job; stand still and consider the wondrous works of God' (Job 37:14). 'Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord' (2 Chronicles 20:17). If we don't stop our own busyness, we might run right through God's plans for our lives in a near miss or even a fatal wreck.
Therefore, when God says stop, we stop. But the next step is not 'go'; it's 'yield'. 'Yield now and be at peace with Him; thereby good will come to you' (Job 22:21). The result? 'The Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase' (Psalm 85:12). Proper yielding is surrender to God. We surrender our plan to receive His plan.
Once God's plan is received, we go. 'Immediately they left their nets and followed Him' (Matthew 4:20). We go where He calls. We 'Go into the city' (Mark 14:13); we 'Go into the temple' (Luke 1:9). We 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation' (Mark 16:15)--each to our assigned field, even to entertainment.
Because one day, through the grace of God and the redemption of the cross, we will 'Go into Heaven' (Acts 1:11), and that direction is the only one worth following.