When parking my car, I always look for the end parking space, even if it’s far from the store. My car has been dented by car doors more than once, and it has been scratched pretty badly. I finally made a decision to look for the end space and pull close to the edge, far away from other cars. I have been doing this for years. That means there are times I have to walk a long way, but the effort is worth it, because I am avoiding a lot of unnecessary damage. I want to park in the easy place, but I have learned that can be damaging.
Often in talking with people, I am surprised where they park their lives – right in the line of damage. Some do it over and over and over.
- Some park at wrong relationships
- Some park at church/pastor disappointment
- Some park at procrastination
- Some park at grudge city
- Some park at laziness
- Some park at past spiritual experiences
- Some park at self-pity
There is a story in scripture where God’s people parked too long in a place. They went in circles, but always wound up parked in the same old place. God addressed it:
“When we were at Mount Sinai, the Lord our God said to us, ‘You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on… Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it…” – Deuteronomy 1:6-8
God’s people had become comfortable to park at a place that God never intended them to stay. God said to them, it’s time to leave this parking place. God said, “Look, there is so much beyond this parking place.”
If we stay in the wrong parking place too long, something inside of us can die. If we stay in the wrong parking place too long, wrong becomes right. If we stay in the wrong parking place too long, we start making excuses. If we stay in the wrong parking place too long, we never reach fulfillment and destiny.
Can you name your mountain, that place that you have parked far too long? It’s time to get up and move toward the promised land. God has so much promise for us. He has so much in store as we journey with Him. While it’s not always easy to move from that parking place, it is so worth it!
Today is the time to stop driving in circles, and end up parking in the wrong place. It’s time to leave the mountain where you have become comfortable. God has so much more! The Lord is saying the same thing to you and me today that He said to the children of Israel: “You have dwelt long enough on this mountain.” It’s time for us to abandon the parking place!