Someone had whammed the guard rail!  A sign had been put up “Damaged Guardrail.”  When installed it was shiny, sturdy, and solid, but now it is messy, marred, and mangled.    I wonder who hit the guard rail and why.  Was it caused by an out of control car that had a blowout?  Was it a mother who was passing goldfish to the toddler in a car-seat?  Was it a tipsy driver who drove in spite of laws against drunk driving?  Was it a new driver who had just taken a driver’s ed course and knew all the rules but lacked the experience?  Or was it the fault of the guardrail itself, maybe it reflected the glare of the sun at just the wrong time?  Or had the hail and rain been so blinding, the driver couldn’t see?

Seems like society’s guardrails work about the same way.  Parents are charged with being “first responders,” in the guardrail brigade.  So out come the plugs for electrical switches, fences, and car seats.  Deut. 22:8 is apropos, “When you build a new house, make a parapet (rail) around your roof so that you may not bring the guilt of bloodshed on your house if someone falls from the roof.”  But how far does that go, when a child deliberately jumps over the rail?  How does the church work out as a guardrail? Love, fellowship, respect and fun is great.  But when they start talking about discipline, holiness, and clean living – all that guardrails stuff – most studies show that more than half of the youth drop out when they age out.  So what about the government?  So here come the laws, surely they are good guardrails.  Oh, yes, good if people obey them.  But if they don’t (like in Prohibition, drugs, adultery, etc.) you do away with the law.  No law, no law breakers, no guardrails. How are society’s guardrails looking?  Weak and wobbly.  One guardrail still stands—God’s word.  Oh it is smashed, bashed, and trashed, but standing firm, steady and dependable.  Prov. 18:10  “The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous man runs into it and is safe”




About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. dawnlizjones says:

    I love your term “run into it and are safe”, just like running into the guardrail keeps us safe from going over the precipice. It is immovable, and one of the things about God’s character that I so appreciate.

  2. Faye says:

    Excellent thought provoking piece here. What do we do in a society when it is the Church called of God to be an example in the world which is bending the guard-rails…….in the name of political correctness is allowing ‘stuff’ not aligning 100% with Word to be ‘acceptable’ quoting ……times are changing!…….BUT ……the Word will stand FOREVER. Jesus is Himself the WORD. Thanks for your wise words.

  3. This is a clever and witty post with a good strong meaning. I enjoyed reading this.

  4. Salvageable says:

    I like to think of God’s Law–as well as human law–as a guardrail to keep us from crashing. Of course we still sin. The same Law is a mirror to show us our sins and our need for the Savior. Then comes the Gospel to introduce us to our Savior. But the Law is still there, now with an additional task–showing us how we are being transformed into the likeness of Jesus. J.

    • oneta hayes says:

      And with each sin, the guardrail is damaged. Thankfully there is forgiveness for the sinner but only those who ask for it. Meanwhile the unseeing are plunging over the broken guardrails. Thanks for extending the thoughts for guardrails.

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