My thoughts in Words
Framing the world through a unique lens to provoke different solutions. "The difficulty... is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish" - R. L. Stevenson
I pray all is well…
My daily commute consists of a short walk to the metro (subway) and then riding the metro into the city. During rush hour the train can get pretty crowded and people are always rushing to get onto the train.
Yet, there is this interesting phenomenon that happens every day. Before the train doors close there is a chime and a recording that says the doors are closing and right as the chime is going off and the door is starting to close, somebody without fail tries to run onto the train before the doors completely close. Now, this becomes quite the problem since the train doors are not like elevator doors, they do not automatically reopen when they hit something or something is obstructing their path.
So at least once a week there is a person that tries to rush onto an already crowded train and gets caught in the door and the train conductor has to either reopen ALL the doors or persons on the train are able to pull the doors open just enough for the person to squeeze through.
This may not sound too problematic, but think about this…they rush onto an already full train, they become lodged in the door and almost get hurt to get on the train, when another train is less than 1 minute away. At rush hour trains come every 1-2 minutes. Additionally, if they jam the doors and the doors malfunction and cannot close, the entire train has to be offloaded, inconveniencing everybody!
The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it –Proverbs 10:22 (KJV)
Listen; stop trying to squeeze your way into a blessing, when God is positioning you for a much “easier” blessing. I always shake my head as people force their way onto a train and as that train pulls off, I step up to the front of the platform and about 1 to 2 minutes later an empty or partially empty train arrives, I walk onto the train, find a seat and sit down. No rushing to beat the doors before they close, no fighting with the doors because I got stuck in them. None of that, why? Because I waited on the next train.
Also Isaac’s servants dug in the valley, and found a well of running water there. But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek, because they quarreled with him. Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that one also. So he called its name Sitnah. And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, because he said, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.” – Genesis 26:19-23 (NKJV)
The crowd and the world will make you think that because they are fighting to get a “blessing” that you have to fight too. But, as a Believer and a child of God, the blessing God has for you will not cause you struggle, but it will cause you to be at peace.
This week, know you don’t have to be like everybody else trying to squeeze into a blessing, but know the blessing God has for you is roomy, spacious and you won’t have to force your way into it.
Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place – Psalm 66:12 (KJV)
God Bless and Always Be Encouraged!
Byron Washington, MPA is a Consultant, Youth Mentor, and Life Coach. He is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University and Princeton University. He currently resides in Shanghai, China with his family. - "Change Without Direction is Chaos"