When’s it MY turn?

He formed the waters…

Genesis 1:9 “Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.

We see them, we know them, we wait with them… STOPLIGHTS.

Every day, or, well, at least most days(Who am I to know your driving schedule/times?), we encounter them. We know the drill, and thank God that we do, truly-

pause. just had a moment. We say “Thank God!” quite often, along with “Praise God!”- mean it when I say it- key point.

UNPAUSE-

because if we did NOT know the drill, there would be MULTIPLE and I mean, MULTIPLE car crashes, fatalities, etc., etc., etc. But, because we have these handy dandy notebooks, I mean, !stoplights!, we are able to orderly make our own ways across the street without harm, safe and sound. But only when the stoplight is GREEN!

God has been just showing me lots recently how He is in EVERYTHING and has created everyone and everything and uses everyone and everything, even man-made incredible, creativeness inventions(such as our said stoplights), for our good but HIS glory. HIS glory, NOT MINE!!

I can’t remember the exact stoplight and I can’t remember if what I know He showed/taught me in that moment was what I was seeing right in front of me, but when HE has already willed and planned to teach you something, HE WILL teach you that something, WHEN HE has planned to do it, WHERE HE has already planned to do it and THROUGH whom or what HE has already planned to do it.

I was sitting at a stoplight, and God stopped me in my tracks(Ha, see what I did there, or, what HE did there…. anyway.. 🙂  ).

You know how most if not all stoplights these days are camera/motion censored? Like how if the light is red but you pull up to it and the other crossway gets turned red so that you can have the green, the “right-of-way”, I guess you could say, all because it detected you pulling up. And then, when green, that’s your -SAFE- “Go”. Typically, you don’t even pay attention to cars in the other lanes as you put your foot on the gas, whether beside or at the other crossway alongside you, because you KNOW that it is your turn, your lane, and your “right-of-way”

A lot of the time we think it is our right-of-way, when it most definitely IS NOT.

Something God taught me, showing me how cool He is, and how HE works(not me, again, heyyy), is that HE SEES US. HE SEES ME, YOU, US, WE, THEY, IT, I, MYSELF. And guess what? He sees us? Not sometimes, not “if” times, but ALWAYS. He created us, sees us, hears us and most definitely KNOWS us- more than we ever could try to know ourselves (Jeremiah 1:4-10). But sometimes we doubt Him and this truth.

We’re on this road of life, and we’re doing great. Maybe we’re going through a rough road or maybe it’s the best we’ve ever been on in our lives. Maybe we just got through one stoplight/sign or maybe we’ve gone a long ways without one. But all of a sudden, whether or not you see it coming, there WILL BE a stoplight. We come up to it, with several other turning lanes beside us, some more cars facing different directions all at this stoplight that connects them- 3 way, 4 way, doesn’t matter.

Another car/other cars are pulling up at the same time as you, them being in the adjacent lane. You see yourself stop first, and you believe the light will be in your favor next, because you believe it is your turn. Theres a pause with all of the cars, and then, all of a sudden, the light turns green on the OPPOSITE side, giving the adjacent car who came up with you the “go-ahead.”

“But, what?! I was here first. I stopped first. I’ve been waiting longer, it was my turn!”

“Well, maybe the light didn’t detect me, maybe it didn’t see me, maybe I’m not close enough to it, for it to detect me. I’m gonna drive up closer to it so that it sees that I’m here and let’s me GO”

Y’all, how many times do we do this? We’re going along in life, whether it be great or not, and all of a sudden we come up to a choice, a decision, an opportunity that we’ve worked hard to get to, an experience, or whatever the case may be. You’ve worked so hard and rode on so many roads to get here. You and others drive up to a stop at this “stoplight”. You put on the brakes and are waiting for “your go-ahead” to come, expecting it to be next. But then, all of a sudden, it’s not. Someone else’s light turns green, and yours stays red. Then another, and maybe even ANOTHER. You look anxiously at their lights, waiting for the yellow light to come on, indicating your green is about to come. You anxiously look about and wonder “Well, maybe God didn’t see me. Maybe I need to get close enough. Maybe I need to pull up and remind Him that I WAS here first. What if He forgot about me. What if HE, GOD. LOVE. doesn’t love me anymore? Do you see me, God? Did YOU, The LORD GOD of all, SEE when I came up and braked at this stoplight? I was here first!”

i was never here first, y’all. He was. He knows that HE is the way. He knows that HE is the ONE Who got you to that stoplight. HE KNOWS every turn you will ever make, whether it be the one that you obeyed HIM on, and He even knows the ones you will make where you disobeyed HIM on. HE. Loves. YOU. He sees you. You were NEVER supposed to go before that person. He had you WAIT for a reason. He knows. He knew. And He will always KNOW. Never doubt for a moment that our God is controlling those stoplights and that He does, in fact, see you.

He is keeping you safe. He is your shelter. Run to Him, dwell in Him, FIND that HE IS security and you will find SECURITY in Him. And along the way- learn to rest at the stoplights- keeping focused on Him, reminded that He is still good, even in the waiting. As much as He is in the going. In the times of stoplights, God is NOT trying to punish you or taunt you by making you wait and watch others drive by in what you felt you deserve at that time. He is humbling you, preparing you for what He has already willed for you before He created you in the womb He knew. He doesn’t want you to watch those cars drive by and be anxious, He wants you to keep your focus on Him. Always. After all, isn’t is He Who is driving the car you’re in?

You’re ALWAYS going THE WAY with HIM- THE ETERNAL WAY!

John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.””

Jeremiah 1:4-10

Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,

And before you were born I consecrated you;

I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Then I said, “Alas, Lord God!

Behold, I do not know how to speak,

Because I am a youth.”

But the Lord said to me,

“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’

Because everywhere I send you, you shall go,

And all that I command you, you shall speak.

“Do not be afraid of them,

For I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord.

Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me,

“Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.

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“See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms,

To pluck up and to break down,

To destroy and to overthrow,

To build and to plant.”

John 3:16-17 He. Knows. You. He. LOVES you. LOVE. Loves you. Loves me. Loves us. Wow.

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