Botts’ dots, heard of them?
If you’ve ever driven or ridden in a car, I’m sure you’ve felt them as you’ve coasted down the road. Botts’ dots are those turtle-like bumps near lane markings on most roads, and they serve one primary purpose: To help you stay in your lane.
When reading the book of Proverbs, its philosophical and ethical nuances may seem like more of a nuisance than a help at times; it can be choppy, and force you to slow down. It’s not unlike suddenly shifting onto a streak of Botts’ dots only to feel your car thud along the tarmac.
After reading Proverbs 12, I asked myself a question: What does this have to do with the gospel of Jesus? In verse 28 it says, “In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.”
Romans 3:23 helps us understand, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Following the analogy, we’ve all veered off the lane, we’ve all failed to remain on the path, and the Proverbs act like God’s “Botts’ dots.”
And still, Botts’ dots themselves are not the road–obvious–but then, what is? Furthermore, we run into a second problem, Romans 3:23 reveals we’re all unrighteous, yet Proverbs 12:28 says that it’s on the path of righteousness where we find life. This is where the gospel merges.
Philippians 3:9 says, “And be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.”
We’ve all lost complete control of our car, and feeling the bumps along the lane’s edge is but a reminder of our inability to stay in the lane, and it’s in the gospel truth that we realize that it’s been God who has not only kept us from smashing into the center divider, but also invites us to “get back in the right lane,” the path of righteousness.
It’s in Jesus that we find this “path of righteousness,” it’s in Jesus that “there is no death.” Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
Dear reader, Jesus is God’s “lane correction system.”