My father taught me to drive.
If you knew him, you would find that statement scary.
Let me be clear; I loved my father. In the words of my paternal grandmother, I loved him better than Peter loved the Lord. I was probably 30 years old before I thought he could do wrong. He and I were like two peas in a pod. We would stay up late at night talking and laughing. My mother would scream down the hall, “Go to bed you two!” And he and I would laugh and keep talking.
My sister and I were reminiscing just recently.
Who got up when we were coughing during the night? Daddy. He gave you some cough syrup and poured most of it down your pajamas because he was still half asleep.
Who made you rake the leaves with him and then let you jump into the pile? Daddy. Then we raked them again and tied them in big white sheets.
Who woke you up in the middle of the night, carried you on his back to the car and took you (still in PJs) to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts because it was time for the “Hot Now” sign? Daddy!
And who taught me to drive? Daddy.
Now, I loved him, but he was a horrible driver. He wrecked his cars and then he wrecked my first car. He would speed to work every morning because he never left home in time. He passed 2, 3, 4 cars at a time. He fell asleep at traffic lights then took off when the lanes next to him moved and crashed into the rear end of those in front of him. Forgive me for telling this, Daddy – but He passed a stopped school bus or two in his day. And he told me (true story) that the yellow light meant “hurry up ‘cause the red light’s coming.” Once I put on brakes as I approached the intersection and the light was changing. He said, “No, squeeze the lemon!”
Isn’t that what we do when God seems slow to move? When He doesn’t answer, doesn’t move, doesn’t open the door, we rush ahead of Him to make things happen in our desired timing. But, in the words of Dr. Phil, “How has that worked for you?” Impatience and acting independently of God does not work. He asks for our obedience, and red lights are often part of His strategy and plan. We read in Revelations 3:7 (NIV) that “what He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open.”
In Genesis we learn of Joseph who waited years for the fulfillment of a God-given dream. Read the story; the wait was more than worth it. God opened a door wide for him and to the benefit of his family. If He did it for Joseph, He will do it for you.
God’s timing is perfect. Obey His signals – including His red lights and yellow lights. As Joyce Meyer says, “Trusting God brings life; believing brings rest.”
And patience brings green lights!