After work one day I was driving and feeling anxious because I was turning right from behind a stop sign onto a busy road. I looked both ways hoping for a gap in the traffic. I looked left and saw a stream of traffic coming towards me. I looked right and saw the cars were lined up forever.
I started to think that I should have gone the normal way and avoided this situation. I could have gone down a side road and turned at the lights, which would have been so much easier. I should have told my daughter to catch the bus, then I could have left earlier and would not have to be turning right onto this busy road. I might have got up earlier and left before the traffic got so busy. In fact, why didn’t I try parking at the station in the future and hop on the train and avoid this situation? Maybe I should save time in the mornings and pray in the evenings instead! Did I really need to eat breakfast?
In the meantime, I was looking from left to right at all the traffic streaming past. Then, amazingly the traffic from the right slowed right down, so I was concentrating even more on the traffic that was coming from the left and turning right into the street where I was.
I looked way down the road on the left to see if there were any gaps in the cars further down that might give me the break I was hoping for to get out onto the main road. I couldn’t see any gaps and was looking up and down, feeling more stressed by the minute. Only by chance, I noticed that the lady at the front of the queue of traffic had stopped and was waving me into the space in front of her that she had left for me. “What a kind soul!” I waved my appreciation and slipped into the queue in front of her car and drove off.
I had been so busy looking for a break in the traffic that I had barely seen the person stopping and waving madly to assist me. She may have been there for a while before I saw her, and possibly, if I hadn’t noticed her, she would have driven on and I would have lost my opportunity. How often are we so busy trying to solve a situation ourselves that we don’t see the help that is right in front of us? God sends us help in many forms and especially through people around us. All we have to do is notice and act!
I was so busy trying to change my whole morning routine to avoid being in this situation again, that my eyes weren’t open to what was right in front of me. I was concentrating on the past instead of being alert and awake in the present.
I immediately prayed a prayer of thanks to our great Father in Heaven for sending me a little help that morning. I prayed a prayer of thanks for the kindness of the lady driver and asked for opportunities to bless other people that day in the way she had blessed mine.
From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. (John 1:16)
And one of those blessings we receive is the gift of Life.