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Traffic Light Moments

By March 1, 2016 No Comments

Everyday there are traffic light moments.

Moments to stop.
Moments to slow down.
Moments to go.

Our culture doesn’t create poster campaigns for the stop moments, now does it? If we’re not speeding through each day in all it’s green glory, then we’re rushin’ through the yellow in hopes of avoiding the red. Red, you see, is a delay, a nuisance, an annoyance. It’s something we don’t have time for, something we can’t afford, something that hinders our efficiency.

But what if red is exactly where He wants to meet us – in that restful place, that place of stillness, that place of quiet surrender, that place of soulful reflection?

Then he [Elijah] was told, “Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by.” A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper. –1 Kings 19:11-14

Will you create a few moments today to hear the whisper and give your life a “brake?”

Stop listing.
Stop doing.
Stop planning.
Stop organizing.
Stop striving.
Stop thinking.

Just listen.

Don’t be a human doing. Be a human being.

If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap. It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?
-Psalm 127:1-2

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