Driving brings out the worst in most people.
Has this ever happened to you? You're in your car, driving someplace, speeding because you are running late, when every possible red light and every possible railroad track catches you? They always seem to catch you at the absolute worst time.
It’s Not About Convenience
This happened to me recently. I was at a friend’s house, having an intense theological discussion. Having lost track of time, I realized I only had 15 minutes to get to the pharmacy for a prescription before it closed for the night. So I gathered my belongings, rushed out the door, and then jetted off to Rite-Aid.
Every stoplight in my path stopped me. Just when I thought I was in the clear, I saw a train right where I was going. I shouted (to myself),"COME ON!"
I was LIVID.
He > Me
Then God said it. "Daughter, be still and rest in my promises."
I was forced (by a train going nowhere fast) to rest in that moment. Calmness overwhelmed my heart.
God makes red lights happen in our lives to stop us in our rushed paths, so that we pause to see and savor Him. Sometimes, He'll bring our life to a crashing halt to grab our attention; to remind us who is in control and where our priority should be.
These red lights can also come suddenly in the midst of life to protect us from something terrible. God KNOWS you. He knows what you need and when you need it.
“For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
-1 Corinthians 1:25
Moral Of The Story
I didn’t make it to Rite-Aid before it closed. I believe that God decided to use this moment to teach me about Himself. He rescued me from my hard heart, in order to remind me that I am not my greatest priority; that He is greater than me.
Trust and anger are on two separate ends of a spectrum. If I wholeheartedly trust God to do as He wills (because He is my authority), then I cannot be near the anger end of the spectrum. It is also impossible to balance between the two. I either trust God, or I don’t. Do you trust God or do you find yourself consistently angry with Him?
Next time your plans don’t happen the way you thought they would, be conscience about praising God for knowing you better than you know yourself. Rest in His unfailing faithfulness, grace, mercy, and love. He adores you. He wants you to trust in Him with your WHOLE heart; not only when life is easy.
See you in the round!
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