September 5, 2010
One day while driving in traffic, I realized the “yield” sign is one of the most ignored signs on the street. I tried to merge from the highway to the service road for five minutes before I finally crossed on to it.
I had the right-of-way. Why didn’t anyone follow the instructions on the large red and white sign and yield to me? I think it says something about human nature: we are self-centered beings, completely engrossed in ourselves without a thought for others.
In life and faith, we often do not yield to the right-of-way. Yielding to God takes strong faith, and sometimes-great courage and sacrifice. You may ask yourself, “What does it mean to yield to God?” One definition of the word “yield” is to surrender or submit oneself to another. In our lives, God should always have the right-of-way; but it is your choice.
Yielding to God doesn’t mean yielding when it is convenient; it means yielding at all times and in all situations. We must listen to what God is trying to teach us and allow Him to lead by surrendering to Him.
Think back to the traffic analogy: If I only yield when it’s convenient to me, am I being a good driver? No. I’m being inconsiderate to other drivers and only thinking of myself. In faith, we have the same situation. If I only yield to God when it is convenient to me, am I being a good Christian? No. I’m being inconsiderate to God and thinking only of myself. In order to yield in life and faith, I have to sacrifice my time and attention to others (whether that is other people or God.)
I think about the days that I’m the driver on the service road ignoring that yield sign and not allowing highway drivers to enter my lane: Why do I do that? I do it for the same reason that I ignore the yield signs that God shows me throughout life; I do it because I want what I want, when I want it. Maybe the thought is by putting someone else first, it may keep me from my goal for a minute, a day or forever and I can’t let that happen (as irrational as that sounds). What I tend to forget is that if I would just surrender to God, the result might be better than I could ever imagine.
“Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.” -- St. Ignatius Loyola