When God Puts on the Brakes

“So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given Me?” John 18:11

It was beautiful: red and blue with chrome handlebars and a white seat. The little boy watched eagerly as his dad assembled his brand new bicycle. Then the boy jumped on and tried to ride. Though wobbly at first, he became steady with practice. Soon, the time came to conquer new territory on his bike: the steep hill in front of his house.

He woke early on Saturday morning, and positioned himself at the top of the hill. He started down, slowly at first, but enjoyed the thrill as he gathered speed on the way down. It was the fastest he had ever gone. The sharp curve at the bottom of the hill approached quickly, but applying the brakes and slowing down seemed silly. Why give up the thrill?

He took the corner at the bottom of the hill at full speed. The thrill of flying down the hill had now faded into moments of intense pain and disappointment. He had been thrown off the road and into the woods, where he lay on the ground, badly scratched and bleeding. For the rest of his bicycling career, the boy remembered the importance of putting on the brakes!

Sometimes God puts on the brakes in our lives. He slows things down. He interrupts our pace. He may even call everything we were doing or planning to do to a halt. Those times are usually difficult. The lack of progress can be frustrating. But putting on the brakes is as essential in your life as it is when you're riding a bike down a hill.

Peter experienced this when Jesus was betrayed. He foolishly thought he was being noble by drawing a sword to defend Jesus. But Jesus knew the task before Him much was much greater than Peter could understand at the time. Jesus told Peter to put on the brakes so that the greatest mission could be accomplished.

Trust God’s leading to know when to fly down the hill and when to put on the brakes!

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!