Several Sundays ago, our pastor challenged us to look at red lights in a different way. Getting around Houston, red lights are often considered an annoyance, an inconvenience. . . one more thing to slow us down, to keep us from keeping the pace of going with the flow. Instead we’d rather keep that accelerator pressed down all the time. In fact, I know I’ve even tried to time my speed so that I can make a line of green lights without ever having to stop. It’s GO. GO. GO.
On that Sunday, I was reminded that red lights are intentional. They keep us from mass confusion, control our speed and create a sense of order. So why is it that we don’t want to slow down? Why don’t we want to take the time to stop, especially when it comes to finding time with our Creator?
It’s in those moments of STOP, those quiet moments of being still, my Father gets my attention, not just my mind, but most importantly – my heart. It’s in those moments, He cherishes time with me – not just the reverse. He puts those red stop light moments in my path intentionally. I have to choose to stop, to choose to be with Him. So that He can soothe my heart, show me His Love, and reveal His graciousness and mercy to me. He can show me the prompting of His Will for me. Then by faith, I can be ready to “go” when God sends me.
Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call to Him while He is near.
Are you intentionally looking for the red stop light moments in your life?