Speed Bumps aka Topes (tope-As) 

“Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the wilderness. By day the pillar of cloud did not fail to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take.” Nehemiah 9:19

Driving  where I live is one of my biggest challenges.  Why you ask?  Well, because I live in Mexico.  Not only do they drive very aggressively, but street signs are rarely followed (speed limits, stop signs etc.)  So to help enforce speed limits, speed bumps are put down to slow the flow of traffic.  On any given  day we will drive over 15-20 speed bumps.  My kids think they are fun and scream out “Tope Tope” when we go over one.  I think they are frustrating.  I’ll just get up to the speed that is posted and then I’ll hit this GIANT speed bump and have to slow down to five miles or less.  Often times there are more than three in a row.  Even if I drive slowly the bottom of my car sometimes scrapes causing me to growl about people just obeying the signs in the first place so they wouldn’t need so many speed bumps!  Yes, I am a missionary who rants. I’m still human!

In our Christian walk and our daily life we hit rough patches.  The kids get up late  for school, the cake you are baking for the church dinner overcooks, or more serious things like a family member becomes sick or even dies.  Some speed bumps in the road are easier to get over than others. Sometimes your heart is scraped raw because of life circumstances. We try to rush around and hide what is really going on or how we feel, but really God wants us to trust in Him when  we face these difficult moments.  The children of Israel hit quite a few speed bumps as they wandered around in the desert.  Our Scripture talks about how God didn’t abandon them on their path.  They could have arrived to the Promised Land much sooner, but God had things He wanted to teach them along the way.

We have two choices when we come to these bumps; one, sit in the road and throw a pity party and quite possibly cause more problems or, two, take it slow. Go over the bump and continue to Trust that God has everything under control.  As we learn to listen to His instruction and obey, these bumps that seemed huge become more passable and seem to lessen in size.

Lord, we pray that You will instill in us the  trust we need to follow hard after You and say yes to You.  Help us to make the right choices that line with Your will and Your plan for our lives. Amen.

Julia Martin

Julia Martin Julia is a missionary to Mexico with her husband, Duane and two lovely daughters.  Her passion is in sharing the Word of God with others and being able to see them “get it”. Julia was called as a young girl into missions, but it wasn’t until 2004 while on a trip to Queretaro that they knew as a couple this would one day be their mission field.  She will be remembered as a woman after God’s own heart and always following His guidance, wherever that may take her.  Psalm 37:44, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Julia Martin
Julia is a missionary to Mexico with her husband, Duane and two lovely daughters. Her passion is in sharing the Word of God with others and being able to see them “get it”. Julia was called as a young girl into missions, but it wasn’t until 2004 while on a trip to Queretaro that they knew as a couple this would one day be their mission field. She will be remembered as a woman after God’s own heart and always following His guidance, wherever that may take her. Psalm 37:44, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

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