A speed bump is also known as a sleeping policeman in British English. They were made to control vehicle speed and improve safety.
If you are driving a Bugatti or an Aventador on a street without speed bumps where you shouldn’t be speeding. You might end up speeding because of the nature of the vehicles and the absence of the bumps. And you might end up in a case of a hit-and-run. Also if you abuse the speed bumps you could still end up hurting someone or even yourself. You could destroy your tires, suspensions and potentially your entire car.
As Christians Christ has placed strategic speed bumps in our lives cos even though we are born again and Spirit-filled we still reside in the flesh which remains a flesh. Christ has placed them just so we don’t magnify the flesh over the spirit.
Apostle Paul referred to this speed bumps as “the thorn in his flesh”. According to him it was so he doesn’t exalt himself above measure. He also said he prayed thrice that it might depart from him but all to no avail. Then he concluded that he rejoices in it because only then is God’s grace more available.
Jacob who was also a manipulator and spent his life scheming and running from the consequences was given a speed bump by God. God dislocated his hip (that was his strength, his thigh muscle, the strongest in his body). From that day forward, Jacob walked with a limp so he could never run away again. It forced him to lean on God whether he liked it or not.
Moses also complained to God when God wanted to send him to Egypt. He said he was a stammerer. God could have given him a clear speech, at least the Bible says Isaiah 32:4 that the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly. Buh God gave him Aaron to help him. God had told Moses He had made him a God over Pharaoh, probably he felt if Moses had an eloquent speech to match the title he might just miss it. That kept Moses more meek. I can imagine Moses addressing the palace and stammering.
Now over to us. God has also placed several speed bumps in our lives. Just so we get to where He wants us to get to.
Using myself as an example. I attended a boys only secondary school (The prestigious King’s College Lagos) maybe God thought I might have been a flirt. I thought so too. I also had plans to attend a federal sch where I wuld be free to do whatever I wanted to, and I knew the plans I had in mind but God thought differently. After several attempts on Jamb I ended up in a Christian University (Landmark University) where my activities were regulated. And finally it was time for NYSC and I tried influencing it so as to have a swell service year. But today am serving in a not so popular community in Niger state. People could have gone through the same things as I went through but no difference. But as for me I realized they were just what I needed.
I understood my speed bumps. You also have speed bumps. It could be your nagging parents, maybe you would have ended up wayward today without them. It could be that dislocation you had when you were only thirteen, and so now you can’t be on that soccer team. Maybe God doesn’t want you to be a footballer. It could be trials here and there. Just know God has put them in place because He loves you.
Joni Eareckson Tada notes, “When life is rosy, we may slide by with knowing about Jesus, with imitating him and quoting him and speaking of Him. But only in suffering will we know Jesus.”
Thank you for reading.
God bless you real good.