Green lights and front door parking spots were part of my prayer request for a specific group of friends this week. As I arrived at a doctor’s appointment, I thought about how the green lights and my front door parking spot (which never happens) were such a blessing to me. I celebrated! I often encourage others to celebrate the mini victories in their life. This advice is so we all make it a habit to recognize the little things. As a society, I believe we live from one big moment to the next. I think that is why I am desperate to see things through God’s eyes. This world can cause us to be numb and gloss over the littlest of details.
For my crazy, hectic, stressed, overloaded friends, I decided a few green lights and front door parking spots might just be a blessing in the moment for them to catch their breath. Later that day I got to share time with a dear friend and encourage her. We ended up laughing at some of the humor hidden in life’s difficult moments. That same day, some laundry got done, my family had a home cooked meal, and I had some quiet moments alone with my cute husband. As I was locking up the house that night before bed, I walked by the colorful calendar that tracks where everybody is supposed to be each day. My day looked super busy and I stopped to think about why it hadn’t felt that busy. I retraced the day, going all the way back to early morning. There was one key moment that set the tone for the day. It was my quiet time in the Bible and in conversation with Jesus. It had been an extended time that I really enjoyed. I looked up and realized that time had gotten away and it didn’t matter.
That morning I had prayed for simple pleasures of the day. I had asked for Jesus to help me balance my day with all the things that are important and that I love. I had prayed to see where I could make a difference in someone’s life and I even prayed to enjoy the day with laughter. At the end of the day I stumbled upon a verse I absolutely LOVE LOVE. I was disappointed that I hadn’t pulled it out before and plastered it on cards, post it notes, my dashboard and on my forehead. It is permission to lighten our load.
Psalm 39:6 (NLT) says, “We are merely moving shadows and all our busy rushing ends in nothing”. That was so cool for this scheduled-to-the-max wife and mother. You would think I would have learned by now that if I didn’t rush through my quiet time, I would find more treasures in the Word, cruise through more green lights, get front door treatment and be reminded more often how God can relate to the little things you and I deal with.