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Green Lights
by Pam Carlson-Hetland
11/20/09
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My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19 NIV)

It was a typical Monday morning. As I started the car, I didn't have time to think about how tired I was. Being a single mother with a lonely father in the nursing home already had my life on overload. New job assignments and my mother's recent death added to the pressures of my days. Everything seemed harder than usual to accomplish. Getting out the door in the morning was especially difficult. Today I was 10 minutes late leaving for a meeting at work. There was a 14 mile drive with many intersections ahead. Traffic would be heavy and every minute counted.

Hurriedly buckling my seat belt, I made a simple request. "Lord, please give me green lights all the way." Then my mind focused on the day ahead and what was awaiting me at work.

I hadn't given my half-hearted prayer a second thought as traffic moved smoothly. It wasn't until I passed through the third green light without even slowing down that I remembered my request. A smile slowly spread across my face. As I passed through the fourth also without stopping, I broke into laughter. In all the years of taking that route no matter what the time of day, I donít ever recall driving through that series of unsynchronized lights without getting stopped at least once. But that day, I did! And I made it to work with a couple minutes to spare.

Over the years, Iíve kept a journal. When days feel dark and discouraging, I frequently bring it out and read through it. Iíve recorded many of these incidents of Godís care and provision in my journal. There are notes of unexpected gifts arriving in the mail, protection from a harsh storm, flowers left on my doorstep, and uplifting phone calls from a friend at just the right time. And now I have another one to add: a story of green lights.

How often do we miss those moments of Godís provision in our daily life? Are we so accustomed to looking for big answers in the midst of crises that we fail to recognize that we are constantly in His care? We should never doubt that our loving Heavenly Fatherís hand is on even the trivial aspects of our lives - like getting to work on time.

As you go through the routines of life, watch expectantly for signs of Godís care. Donít take those little thingsĖlike green lightsĖfor granted. May your eyes see them and your heart treasure them. They are signs of provision from the Lord.



If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Joanne Sher  21 Nov 2009
What a wonderful piece - and a super reminder for ALL of us. LOVE this!
Sandy Griffin 21 Nov 2009
What a wonderful reminder of how God provides for us...even the seemingly trivial things. God bless you!
Edy T Johnson  20 Nov 2009
Pam, this is an emerald of a gem! I'm so glad you shared this encouraging word with all of us. I think God simply delights in demonstrating His love to us in these "little" ways that mean much to us. You also remind me of Jesus' reply to the healed leper that turned back to give thanks. "Where are the other nine?" I hope I've always been among those like you that paid attention and returned to thank the Lord when He has answered even a mini, half-hearted prayer of exasperation! I shall nominate this for a jewel award (or whatever it's called)!
Carol Penhorwood  20 Nov 2009
This is great! And so encouraging!




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