Thursday, August 13, 2009

What's the Rush?

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Well, I'm back on track now, after an early appointment with the doctor yesterday, to get something done about this nagging cough. I am on antibiotics and a new cough med, so, last night I slept well for the first time in a week! PTL! The Doctor said a lot of people have coughs right now, so something is going around.

God's timing was really perfect yesterday, because when I came out of the waiting room, dark clouds were threatening, and I had to stop at the pharmacy, but made it home just as the sprinkles came. Then came the hard rain! I also had a narrow escape from a large car, which did not stop at a stop sign, and almost hit me just three doors from my house! God protects me! !I am thankful for that!

When I went to the park after the rain, everything looked fresh and green and lovely and the water was almost over the weir. Not many people were out..too hot. I did not even see the usual herons and egrets, for some reason, just the squirrels chasing each other and racing across the street. God is good!

From Quiet Moments with God for Teachers:

Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming.
James 5:7

Rush hour traffic. What comes to mind when you hear those words? Chances are they don't put a smile on your face, cause your heartbeat to slow, or drop your blood pressure to healthy levels. More likely they bring up images of exhaust smoke, angry drivers, brake lights, and those ever-popular "Detour" or "Lane Closed Ahead" signs.

Rush hour has become an oxymoron, like jumbo shrimp. Too many cars have taken the rush out of rush hour. Despite the number of people working part time, on late shifts, or at home, more cars seem to be on the road between 8:00 and 6:00 P.M. than there are people on the planet. And we all know there's absolutely nothing that can be done about it--unless you live in Thailand.

Proving that traffic cops have a sense of humor, an officer in Bangkok gave his men some rather unusual instructions. During morning rush hour at one of the worst spots in town, these traffic directors suddenly looked more like dande-troupe hopefuls than ticket-writing law enforcers.

Since the traffic wasn't going anywhere, anyway, why not do some pirouttes or some break dancing? Why not lighten the mood (if not the load) on the road?

The result has been all they had hoped. The traffic is still tied up in knots, but people are more cheerful about their situation, and the cops are happier too.

Sometimes we feel pressed on all sides, and there seems to be no way out. Perhaps those around us keep turning up the heat, and we can sense we're getting closer and closer to the breaking point.

That's when we need to realize how far we've come and that the rest of the journey will have bright moments if we'll only reach out for them. That's the time to laugh anyway, and do a few pirouettes!

We must wait for God, long,
meekly in the wind and wet,
in the thunder and lightning,
in the cold and dark. Wait,
and he will come. He never
comes to those who do not wait.
Frederick William Faber

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,