Signs for Tourists

Signs for Tourists

Charles and Elsie went on a trip with their parents. The day before they were to leave the car was washed and greased, and the clothes were packed for an early start the next morning.

At sunrise they were on their way. All the indications pointed to a good day for traveling. As they were winding their way out of the city for the open country, Charles wondered how his father knew the way so well. He turned right at one street and left at the next.

"Daddy, how do you know the way so well?" finally asked Charles.

"I don't know the way," replied the father, "I have never come this way before. I am merely following the signs. See that sign there in the shape of a triangle? If we follow that it will lead us to the big bridge which we must cross. All we have to do is to follow the signs."

This was something Charles and Elsie did not know about traveling. The father explained that on a long trip signs were necessary otherwise the traveler would become confused and lose his way.

As they approached the bridge, Elsie said, "Look, that sign says, 'Keep to the Right;' I saw it first. Are you going to keep to the right, Daddy?"

"Of course, Elsie, it would be very dangerous here not to keep to the right."

As they came into the next town the car went very much slower. Charles and Elsie wondered why they were going so slowly. "We will never get there at this slow pace," suggested Charles and Elsie.

"Didn't you see the sign a short distance back?" asked the mother.

"What did it say, mother?" Elsie wanted to know. "It said, 'Go Slowly,' " replied the mother.

"And that means," informed the father, "that there are other people who have the right to use this road as well as we. Going too fast will mean a collision."

They now were in the long open stretches of the country. On either side of the road there were fields of grain and hay. Some distance ahead there was a group of men working. "I think there is some con­struction ahead," said the father.

"And what does that mean?" asked Elsie.

"We will find out in a short time," answered the father.

The car slowed down. To the right, was a large sign which read, "Bridge out, Detour."

"What do we do now?" asked Elsie.

"There is only one thing to do," answered the father, and that is to detour as the sign says we should. To avoid plunging into the river, we must go in a roundabout way. That is what detour means."

The detour was rough and the car crawled along at a very slow pace. When finally they were back on the main road, Charles said, "We lost a lot of time there."

"Yes, we did," said the mother, "but it is better to avoid danger by going around it even if we lose time."

"What was that?" suddenly asked Elsie.

"It sounded like thunder to me," supplied Charles.

"There is a threatening sky ahead of us, we will be running into a shower before long," observed the father.

In a short time the first drops of rain were pattering on the roof of the car. As it began to rain faster, driving became more dangerous. Just then they were passing a sign reading, "Pavement Slippery When Wet." As they came around the next curve, they were suddenly confronted by a car upside down in the ditch. The driver was the only one in the car and he was merely bruised and badly shaken. Other cars had already arrived on the scene, and First Aid treatment was given to the injured man.

"How can a car turn over like that?" asked Charles.

"That is very easy, he lost control of the car," answered the father, "but it would not have happened had he obeyed that sign a little way back which told him that this pavement is slippery when wet. That accident just goes to show that it pays to obey the signs."

The rain was a passing shower and now the sun was again shining as it was sinking in the west. It had been a long day of travel. So the family found a comfortable lodging place for the night.

"You know, Daddy," said Charles, "the signs along the road make traveling easy."

"Of course," replied the father, "they tell you how to get where you want to go, and how to stay out of trouble along the way."

They all were tired and ready for bed. The first day of the trip had been a success.

You and I are traveling on a highway every day of our lives. This highway leads from this world to the next. The signs along this highway are to be found in the Bible. The Bible tells us to keep to the right. We should live the right kind of life; a life that is true and honest.

We all want to get to heaven and in the Bible we find signs which tell us how to get there. On the road to heaven we come across these signs, "Thou shalt worship the Lord, thy God." "Remember the Sabbath­day to keep it holy," "Honor thy father and thy mother," "Thou shalt not steal," "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ."

These are only a few of the many signs which show us how to live and how to get to heaven. As a tourist on the highway follows the signs, so all of us should follow the signs in the Bible.

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