“There is no mistake so great as the mistake of not going on.” – William Blake
Many of us are familiar with the self-opening gates and cross-arms often found at the entrances and exits of parking lots. What most people don’t know is that a variation of this design was used on country roads for many years before it made its way into city use. The gates were a means of controlling the movement of cattle and other animals that grazed on open fields.
The gate would remain closed until a traveler approached it. If the vehicle stopped too far away from the gate, it would not open. But if the vehicle came close enough, its weight pressed the springs below the roadway and the gate would swing open. If the driver stopped before getting all the way through the gate, but had already moved beyond the spring mechanism, the gate was likely to close on him. The driver had to make certain that he went completely through the gate to avoid damage to his vehicle.
This concept readily relates to us today. Regardless of the challenge before us, we must press forward, knowing that God will help us succeed. If we fail to give our best effort, the gate may never swing open. If we stop short on the other side, the gate may very well close on us.
Don’t be afraid to walk through the gates God opens before you. Walk all the way through to the other side, and you’ll be on your way to the next gate of opportunity!
“You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?” – Galatians 5:7 (NIV)