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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Joy (05/18/06)

TITLE: Traffic Jams


It was a typical morning. Wake up; rush to get everything done: get the children up, feed the dog, fix breakfast and get lunches ready.

This particular morning, during my drive to work, I was stopped by every red light, bus stop and traffic jam. It was not unusual for me to experience one or two of the above during my morning commute. I could not fathom all the obstacles I was ensuing.

“Can anything else happen?” I quickly received my answer, my tire blew-out and I was plunged to the side of the street. I had to laugh.

I proceeded to call my boss, to inform him I would be late. I called a friend to see if he could assist me - no answer. I called my dad - no answer. I felt sorry for myself.

I settled in my car and commenced to pray. “Dear God, please let me get my tire fixed.”

I assumed God knew I loved him, because I went to church every Sunday. However, I did not have time for God, my family or friends during the week. My days consisted of: breakfast, work, home, homework, dinner, children’s extra curricular activities, house cleaning, washing clothes, baths and bed.

While sustained, I started to ponder my emotions.

With a renewed appreciation, I engaged to communicate with God. “God, I love you. I am sorry I do not tell you that enough. Thank you for slowing me down. I understand I could have been hurt. When my tire blew, I could have been going fifty-five miles per hour, but instead, I was only going fifteen. Thank you God!”

I have no doubt, God knew what was going to happen; he put those obstacles in my path to slow me down. He was protecting me, even after I had been to busy for Him.

I was to busy for God. His day consist of far more than I could imagine, but He is never to busy for me.

I could feel my eyes twitch. “No, don’t do it!” There was no holding back, my eyes wept, tears flowed down my checks like raindrops.

I was forced to slow down and listen to God. I had forgot Him. I may have gone to church and treated people respectfully, but I was not living my life for God.

At that very moment, my checks damp, eyes red and nose running, a cop tapped on my window. “Are you alright ma'am?”

He was an attractive, young man. He appeared to be around thirty years of age, with dark hair, blue eyes, a thin lined go-tee, estimated six feet in height, and a run-of-the-mill build.

I laughed, knowing what I must look like. “Yes sir.”

He peered into my eyes. “Are you sure you’re alright?”

I thought to myself, “I am now!” “Yes sir, I just have a flat tire.”

He walked around my car. “Do you have a spare? I would be glad to assist you in getting it on.”

I sprung from my seat and opened the trunk. “ Yes sir, I have a spare.”

We replaced the tire and he positioned the flat in my trunk.

I thanked him and he smiled. “Yes ma’am. I hope your day gets better.”

I grinned while resting back in my seat. “I don’t think it can!”

Thank God for traffic jams.

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Lynda Schultz 05/25/06
Nothing happens without divine reason behind it — even traffic jams. Thanks for the reminder that even jams bring ultimate joy.
Melanie Kerr 05/25/06
We all need to be reminded to slow down!

Take time to read through your work. The spellchecker doesn't pick up things like "to" when it should be "too" as in "too much", and "cheeks" instead of "checks".
Rita Garcia05/25/06
I like this take on joy, the joy of the Lord in out daily lives. Good job!
Phyllis Inniss05/26/06
Thanks for the reminder that obstacles have a purpose in our lives. The Lord reigns! "had forgotten" instead of "had forgot".
Becky Depp 05/27/06
This was a nice reminder that even the best of us need to slow down and take a breather.

Nice job!
darlene hight05/29/06
Great reminder of the One that we so often forget. Thanks for sharing this. Well done!