I was driving down the road the other day and saw the oh too familiar caution tape around a space in the road. From a distance, I assumed the caution tape was there due to an accident. Upon closer observation, I learned the bright yellow tape was there to warn of a hole in the road due to ongoing construction. I started to think about how quickly we respond when we see a caution warning. In this case, I knew to slow down and stay away from the hole. And there are many other instances when we are warned in a way that is visible or tangible. When we see a traffic light change to yellow, we know to immediately slow and to stop if there is time. When we see a sign on the road that notifies us of deer crossing or children at play, we know to slow and be aware of our surroundings. When we are going into a restroom and see the triangle “caution…wet floors,” sign, we know to tread lightly because there is a chance we could slip and fall.
Then there are the times where there is a chance of harm and we are asked to sign a waiver so the owners of the facility or the doctors performing the surgery aren’t held liable if something goes wrong. In most of these cases described above, if we do not heed the caution, we are taking a risk that could lead to harm. The thing is…none of these could lead to soul harm…
What about the cautions we receive from the Holy Spirit? Have there been times when your Spirit has given you a clear message, only for you to decide you know better and you move ahead anyway? Full steam ahead? Maybe your Spirit has said, “Don’t repeat that information. It’s not yours to share. It’s gossip.” And you decide, “What’s the harm? The person I am telling won’t tell a soul. I need to get this off of my chest.” Maybe your Spirit has said, “Don’t send that text message. It will result in you being unfaithful and deceitful.” And you decide, “What’s the harm? I enjoy how this person makes me feel and would never act on it.” Maybe your Spirit has said, “Do not be jealous of what that other person has?” And you decide, “But I deserve that too. I am mostly a good person. Why should I have to want for things?”
Sisters, these are times where your caution…your Spirit…is giving you important information to guide you towards holiness and lead you away from temptation. Just because there are no flashing lights or obvious yellow tape, doesn’t mean the caution isn’t as real…even more so than the glaringly obvious road signs. Don’t ignore that stirring, sweet girls. Your Spirit is such a beautiful gift and it is readily available to give you guidance and protection from sin and harm.
John 14:16-17, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”