Recently, on a business trip, my wife and I had an occasion to visit the island of Bermuda via a cruise. After the trip, I have come away with a very firm belief that everyone should have an occasion to take such business trips every now and again. The trip was sponsored by the company I work for and a distributor we do business with, so it was an all-expenses-paid business business trip at that.
Out of my mind and out of the country was a great relaxing getaway. However, being the first time my wife and I had ever been on a cruise, I wasn't sure exactly what to do once we arrived in Bermuda. I had an idea though. "Rent a motor-scooter" which sounded good, until everyone working on the cruise ship indicated in very kind sing-song voices that this was a "bad idea" and that people could "get hurt" doing such things, which is disturbing to hear from someone smiling broadly at you.
A little research told me why they seemed so concerned. The island is British owned, so everyone drives on the other side of the road from what we are used to here in the USA. I figure it's no big deal, and decide to rent the scooter anyway. It turned out to be the right decision as we were able to go anywhere at any time on the island without waiting for buses and taxis along with the other 3,000 passengers who did not choose the scooter option.
What I remember most though about the driving part was having to concentrate very hard at intersections. I'm coming up on the left side, and want to turn right, which means I will make a wide right to get in the left lane, and watch for traffic coming from my left in that lane. It was a bit confusing, but what turned out to be a little more stressful were the round-about.
These circular road convergences circled around clockwise instead of counter-clockwise, and you still had to remember to stay left, while also watching from the right this time. To help you out though, there in the middle of the road, instead of the familiar "YIELD" were the painted words "GIVE WAY" to indicate that ignorant folk like myself, namely tourists, were to give way to oncoming turtles, or birds, or anything that looked remotely like it was coming my way in my lane.
My caution did not go unnoticed by the very friendly patient islanders who kindly reminded me it was my turn to go by tooting their horns in a friendly fashion. I can imagine they just love us tourists on motor-scooters.
When we talk about our experience back home, I am reminded by the different words used on the island for "YIELD" and think of how apt they are. Most people understand that Yield means to let other, oncoming traffic go first, but the words "Give Way" can mean something a little different.
When we are told to "yield yourselves unto God" (Romans 6:13) it doesn't just mean that we are to allow God to work as though He is coming through our lives for a moment. The "give way" tends to lend more, because when you give way, you are giving up your right to decide to move forward to someone else. As it pertains to God, when we are encouraged to give way, what God wants from us is to substitute His way for our way.
Too many times though, we try to get God to come around to our line of thinking. We know what we want and how we want it done. Just listen to the typical "God do this or that" prayers of the average Christian. If we are to be truly yielded to God, though, we must be willing to give way to His will, whatever it may be.