Waiting at the Traffic Lights by Ian Coate

Waiting at the Traffic Lights

We all dislike the inconvenience of traffic lights – they stop us mid-journey and delay us from reaching our destination.  However, think of the chaos on our roads without them.

In our busy lives we can become so impatient to reach our destination that we grow irritated with life’s many red lights.  Sadly, when interruptions make us frustrated, it is the first sign we are losing our graceful way.  If we don’t check this, it won’t be long before we are so preoccupied with our own plans that we have become completely insensitive to the destinations of others and God’s plan for our lives.

Instead, we should take every delay as an opportunity to relax and look around.  If we don’t, we’ll never enjoy life’s journey because we’re too focused on reaching our goals.  God is in control of all life’s traffic lights.  We should be confident of reaching our objectives at precisely the right time – even allowing time to show compassion and consideration to other travelers. (Philippians 4:11-13)

If we continue to speed through life’s red lights, God is the policeman who stops our reckless driving to avoid a fatal accident.  He gives us a ticket (divine discipline) to remind us there are other drivers on the road-of-life who also have significant appointments.

Isn’t it time to relax and enjoy life’s journey?  To God, the graceful-mindset we have as we travel through life is more important than where we are heading.

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him.  To the soul who seeks Him.  It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.  Lamentations 3:25-26.


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