I had to have a little talk with myself today about… well before I tell you the subject matter of this talk let me have a little rant, you in? I have noticed, not just today but over and over again that obviously people don’t know either 1) what color you are supposed to see in order to resume driving through an intersection or 2) what shade of green the light is supposed to be before you resume driving through an intersection. I watch time and again as the light ahead turns green and the line of traffic in which I am caught doesn’t move, simply sits still until the yellow light begins to flash making me wonder what the heck the person in front of the line is doing? Aside from being color blind, which I have assumed in times past, I have seen their heads bowed and know that either they are praying or checking the messages or perusing Facebook on their phone! Have you guessed as yet? If you guessed patience you were totally correct!
One morning recently when I took my grandson to school I saw two very serious collisions, very close to two different schools. Both wrecks were right past the place where the school zone speed limit of 25 mph ended and 45 mph had resumed. There were ambulances at both. I didn’t actually pass the first, but the second one there were two adult men dressed in business suits unashamedly standing in the middle of the road, arms wrapped around each other and weeping openly. In the back of my mind I could hear my grandmother’s voice saying, “Haste makes waste”, it certainly seemed that was the case here. Obviously someone was in too big of a hurry and had rammed his vehicle into the car in front at a high rate of speed and it had completely gone through that car and into the front seat.
Then not long ago I was driving behind a car on the EW Connector, which was driving very slowly where the speed limit is 45 mph. People were impatiently passing that car and I too was looking for an opportunity to pass but something stopped me when I looked and saw the back of the driver’s head and his passenger and I could not go around, I decided to just follow them, doing about 35 mph. What did I see? I saw a very old man and his lady looking side-to-side at the trees and talking. I wondered about their life and felt ashamed that my impatience almost made me go around them without noticing. I thought of my own parents and about how swiftly life passes, these two people were young once upon a long time ago.
Why are we all in such a hurry? We will all end up old, if we are blessed, and someone will be impatient with us. “What goes around comes around.” We all have our “Glory Days” and they are so quickly over. Watch a strong man contest or a beauty contest and as gorgeous as those young people are in all their “glory” you know that it won’t be long before their physical beauty will fade as the years bring on maturity, which brings on an assortment of wrinkles, thinning hair, aches and pains, etc. Again my grandmother’s voice saying, “every dog has its day”, which meant, “they may enjoy their beauty for now, but as the rose withers and fades, so will they.”
So my scripture for the day is, “In your patience posses ye your souls” Luke 21:19