Thursday, January 20, 2011

Finding God in a Red Light


I’m pretty stereotypical Type A. I rarely slow down ever. Even if I wasn’t totally a Type A, I have two kids (almost 3, eek!). Quiet time to think and have uninterrupted thoughts is rare. Other than the shower the one place where I do a lot of thinking, pondering, writing in my head, is in my car.

The car has always been a thoughtful place for me. Something about the car makes me contemplative I guess. The Pat Monahan song “Her Eyes” has a line that describes me perfectly:
"Scares me to death when she thinks and drives"
Seriously. I used to drive a lot for my former job, all over the Chicago Metro area, many times in the wee hours of the morning. Thankfully the roads were usually empty because I would think a lot and on more than one occasion ended up completely lost, or miles off course.

However I have noticed since moving to suburbia and spending so much time in my car (stereotypical? ranting? can’t be that bad? I’ve put 100 miles on my car since Tuesday at lunch) that my Type A personality has really started coming out. I have experienced more boiling blood and road rage since starting the school drop-off commute in suburbia then I remember in the 5+ years of commuting to Downtown Chicago (south loop for locals). It wasn’t pretty, and I needed to figure something out.


I was in one of my thinking moods, but in a hurry, and stopped yet again by another red light, train, back up for no reason traffic when it hit me. These red lights, the traffic, the train, whatever was stopping me at that moment wasn’t just a nuisance or annoyance. It was God saying slow down. Relax. You will get where you need to go and I will help you.

My commutes have been a lot calmer since that day. It was such a simple flip of a switch.

Instead of being nuisances to make me late I see them as a reminders to slow down. Reminders placed their purposely, by a loving God who knows me better than I know myself and knows I need to slow down, and when.

A simple change of view, that’s my Simple Moment that makes up the Bigger Picture for me this week. Have you seen the bigger picture? Do you have a simple moment from the week you want to share and remember. Head over to Hyacnth’s and share!

Simple BPM

Also shared with Beth’s You capture, circles.



deb duty said...

I enjoyed your post. It's a wonderful idea to take those stressful driving moments and turn them into times to relax and enjoy the moment.

Kathleen said...

What a great perspective...and I love the circles!

(btw, I do much of my writing thinking in the shower too! The car not so much because I have 4 children in the car making far too much noise.)

tiarastantrums said...

a lovely way to look at traffic - It is awful though isn't it! (i live in Chi burbs as well)

Jen said...

Nice post, it is important to slow down and trust God!

Shell said...

What a calm perspective!

Lenae said...

I love it when God teaches lessons in such subtle, simple ways. It makes me feel so loved, to realize that He'll communicate with us through something as basic as... traffic lights. Thanks for sharing!

Hyacynth said...

You're right, my friend. He loves us more than we can even imagine. I view redlights from Him in the same way I view my insisting that G. eat all of his eggs before diving into the pancakes. I know what's best, even when he doesn't like it.
And can I just say? I'm glad that I have a Heavenly Father who knows what I need. It takes the pressure off my own shoulders.
{Also, love the sunlight in your shots.}

Unknown said...

Such a wonderful way to look at it. I'm going to try to do the same from now on. Thank you! :)