It's All In The Timing


By Kellie Tipton

Driving to work one morning I was frustrated by the fact that somehow I was in the rhythm of red lights!  You know what I mean when I say that, right? YES, every time I approached a traffic light it was turning red.  Such a frustrating situation as I was feeling the time and when I say that, I am sure you know what I mean.  YES, I was running late, well later than I had wanted to be.  

I have a habit of counting when frustrated and somehow that eases my frustration.  It helps me realize that how long it feels is not actually how long it is.  Do you ever do that?  Okay, so maybe I am weird, but never the less it helps me which in turn helps those around me! 

What came to my mind while counting was that if I slowed down I could actually get in a different rhythm and start catching green lights and possibly save on time.  

I have seen people do that and when it first happened I was frustrated and wondering why this person was driving so slowly!!!  Then I observed that it actually helped put us in synch with the green light rhythm. While it does not always work, you can imagine my delight when it does.

Traffic lights are not all that different in how we move through life, not physically, but more in our relationships.  We can sometimes be in such a rush whether it is needed or not and miss out on opportunities to be in synch with our family, friends and co-workers, as well as those we cross paths with in our daily routine.  

If we do not take the time and observe, we will be out of synch and our communication will be in bits and pieces with no real connection with those we love and appreciate.  However, if we will slow down and observe we can find a way to capture those treasured moments.

Time has not always been my friend.  I have fought over the years the tendency to not grasp how long it takes me to do things or get ready or whatever.  I have been that person who says “five minutes” and realistically I needed fifteen or thirty.  

Over the years through the Lord’s help and my husband, I confronted my time issue and while I cannot say I conquered it, I definitely have improved.  One thing I have learned is that how you handle time affects how people trust you and how they trust your word.  

How you handle your time affects the rhythm of those you come in contact with as well.  You can cause chaos, step in synch or even help them get in synch.  

I have experienced each one of those scenarios and my heart’s desire is to do the latter two.  I have had to make some sacrifices in order to keep my word, but it has always been worth it.  

I have heard it said many times “We all have the same 24 hours in a day, make it count!” God gives us the choice in how we use our time and we can choose to cause chaos, or step in synch with His Will and help others get in synch with His Will.  How do you choose to use your time?

Psalm 39:4

“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
    Remind me that my days are numbered—
    how fleeting my life is.

Psalm 90:12

Teach us to realize the brevity of life,
    so that we may grow in wisdom.