Parking Lot

Karen Rose Ming

READ : Proverbs 4:20-27

I was running late. Hastily, I pushed the grocery cart into the large parking lot. Suddenly I stopped where did I park my car? I glanced down the lanes trying to spot my gray Volkswagen Golf.

“Now think, Karen, wasn’t there a van near it? There’s a van in the next lane.” But I was mistaken. “Maybe it wasn’t a van but a pickup.” I soon discovered I hadn’t parked next to a pickup either.

Lane after lane, I kept searching while the cart became heavier and heavier. At one point, a man leaned out of his car window and said, “You’ve already looked down this lane, ma’am.” Finally, I happened upon my gray car. Frustrated yet relieved I piled in the groceries and headed home.

At the dinner table, I recounted the tale of my lost car. Ryan, Abbie-Jo’s fiance, listened politely, then said, “Mrs. Ming, there are large signs that tell which section you parked in. If you just look for the sign when you get out of your car, you’ll always know where you parked.” I knew about the signs; it’s just that I had forgotten to pay attention to them.

If we pay attention to God’s words, we will not swerve to the right or to the left. When we keep our eyes on Him, we don’t need to wander aimlessly through the lot of life.

Is your gaze fixed? Are you paying attention?


Lord, help me to pay attention to Your way. In Jesus’ name. Amen.