Installing guardrails at road to Gotthard 1961 (Photo by Zubler/RDB/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

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”


I blogged this four years ago. I think it is even more needed now than then. We have completely taken down so many boundaries that kept our children and young people safe a few decades ago. Examples: Legalizing marijuana, giving dope to addicts, teaching that many perverted sexual experiences are normal, handouts for those who will not work, turning a blind eye to corruption, parents afraid to discipline their children. The Word of God still stands as the only safe Guardrail.

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. Faye says:

    Relevant powerful and very much speaking to the NOW. I would add that for all Christians as well as guardrails of the Word we need to clearly be showing this lack of rules world the wonder of our Christ-Life. HIS PRESENCE IN US AND WITH spite of everything.

  2. oneta hayes says:

    Thanks, for the comment. You are a constant source of encouragement.

  3. I’m a little slow as life has been consuming…but you are singing my same thoughts!!!

  4. Dawn Marie says:

    Indeed, the WORD is an everlasting light. Thanks for reposting this Oneta!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thank you. We do need to be very aware that it is important to have guardrails for ourselves and our families, even for anyone we encounter. We must “walk the talk” so that others can see the benefit of a God-honoring life.

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