I had a little bit of a shock on the first day of school this year. Every year in dropping of my children at the local elementary campus, we have had a person or two serve as traffic controllers. The campus is built in a round pattern allowing for traffic to come in and out at various places along the circle.
Volunteers, in good weather and bad weather, were there to stop one flow of traffic to allow the other to come in. And while from time to time I would disagree with their decisions (seemed like they always changed the traffic flow when I was next) it ran relatively smoothly.
Until this year . . . First day of traffic and there was no traffic controller. People, including me, did not know what to do. I noticed in one place there was a stop sign where the person used to stand but at the main entrance there was nothing. It was kind of interesting to see what people do when there is no one to tell them what to do. The first couple of days we all kind of retreated into a “Lord of the Flies” kind of thing.
Without restraint, we kind of turn back to our nature, which is not very nice. Which was the warning God gave the Jewish people in Psalm 81:11, “But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels. Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways! I would soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes. Those who hate the Lord would cringe.”
I miss the traffic controllers, but I guess we will survive as long as some of us have the Holy Spirit to guide us.
“But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me.”
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®)
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