GOODNESS GRACIOUS

By Tommy Rush

If you are an impatient person and always seem to be in a hurry, there are words you really don’t want to see on the highway like, “Reduce Speed” or “Construction Zone Ahead.” This week I was talking with a couple and the wife stated that her husband was the most impatient person she had ever known. She stated that traffic lights drive him crazy. He admitted that he has a problem sitting at red lights when he has to be somewhere. I shared with him that several years ago a friend told me that his father hated traffic lights. He just couldn’t believe it when he hit a red light. It always stressed him out. After his father died, the policemen led the funeral procession from the church to the cemetery going through all the traffic lights. His son thought that was great. “Look. Look. Granddaddy gets to go through all the lights without stopping.” Granddaddy is dead. He doesn’t have to worry about red lights anymore.

The funny thing is that two days after our conversation I conducted a funeral for a WWII Veteran. He was buried in a cemetery at the end of a dirt road, in the middle of the Parish somewhere between Provencal and Flora. The Air Force Color Guard had a difficult time finding the cemetery and when they arrived they came down the road pretty fast, hitting mud holes, and sliding to a stop almost sideways, splashing mud everywhere. It was actually pretty funny as I remembered my conversation with the couple just the night before.

It seems everyone is going through life today at break-neck speed. It might be good to remember that life in the fast lane just means we get to the end sooner. Many of us are racing through the caution lights of life on our way to a collision.

I love how Psalm 23 tells us that “The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures.,,” It’s amazing how we often have to be made to slow down. That may be exactly what God’s doing these days. He’s slowing us down and restoring our souls. Sometimes He slows us down and sometimes He shuts us down. And He does it because He loves us.

Maybe your pace is destroying your peace. If that’s where you are today, I encourage you to relax in the knowledge that God loves you and He’s at work in your life. He knows what we need most! Maybe God knows you need to stop the pace of the race and regain some perspective on His grace. Enjoy your weekend and I encourage you to be still and know that He is God.

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