Red, yellow and green!

Written by Margaret Chew (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Magaret Chew was Brand Planner for 20 years. Having left the creative scene in 2018, she is now a Certified Group Exercise Instructor and Trainer with LES MILLS RPM, TRX Training and American Council on Exercise. Margaret is also a triathlete, duathlete and avid hiker.

November 2, 2021

AHA! Our wonderful traffic light system.
Many of us tend to speed up when the light turns yellow.
After all, who wants to waste time waiting?
Sometimes, however, this audacious attempt turns awry and we find ourselves penalised for running that red light. 

This same attitude can also be traced to the way many of us train for a race.
We begin by drawing up an excellent training plan that details
how much to train, how to improve timing, when to train and how to train. 

We push our training and when things look great with improvement, we push harder.
The adrenaline rush
overtakes us and causes us to forget when to slow down and listen to our bodies.
refuse to miss a training day, rain or shine.
Even when injury hits us, we think
it is ok to keep going.
Some of us might even go so far to decline to obey our scheduled rest because we think we will lose out on all the improvements made previously! 

As an athlete myself, my failure to obey the “red and yellow lights” has caused me some injuries.
Those long recovery times had frustrated me tremendously, and it has taught me the need to learn to respect the red and yellow lights. It is not always green! 

Is this not too how it is with our walk with God at times?
We cannot seem to wait
always in a hurry to go somewhere and get things done as fast as we can.
Have we forgotten
how to be still and wait on God to lead us, at least through our day?
Do we hurry God to get our plans and prayers answered?

Do we wake up in the morning and start planning our day, only to forget that God is in charge because the day was made to do His will, and not of ours?
Do we rush through the morning
instead of carving time to spend with God because somehow, the alarm clock had failed us?


Do we find ourselves getting upset because things did not go as how we had planned it?

Have you even been in a situation where God told you clearly, “HEY, WATCH MY RED LIGHT!, and you went ahead anyway? Were you disappointed or angry when that plan failed?

Well, maybe God wants you to slow down when His lights are yellow because He knows what is coming up ahead! Perhaps He wants us to slow down because He wants to give us rest. 

It could be vice versa too.
Perhaps, God did signal a green light to you that certain decisions
were good to go, and you put a stop to it.
Perhaps, it
was out of fear of the unknown and/ or out of your comfort zone.
Yes, sometimes, God take
s us out of what is comfortable for us and tell us to move forward. 

Yet, let us not forget God is our creator and He knows exactly where we need to be and what we need to do.
Have no doubt about that, be obedient to His will and allow Him to take the lead.

It bodes well to pay attention to God’s traffic light system, and all truths can be found in His Words. 

Points to ponder

Have you had a day when God is absolutely silent, and His lights never went to green?

Are you still sitting at the traffic light wondering if this is what God is calling you to do, or not to do?

Did you allow God to lead your day and watch His traffic light system throughout your day?

Are you still negotiating with God if you ran His red light or stopped at green?

Be encouraged

Allow God to lead your day – His silence sometimes could just mean He wants us to be still physically and be spiritually active instead.

Even if you had ran God’s red light, it is ok – tell Him sorry for doing things your way and surrender to Him.
And still rejoice for He made the days for us!

When God’s signal turn green, trust Him to take you through it…for we are His branch and as long as we remain in Him, He will make the way.

Let God’s word speak to you

NKJV, John 15:5
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for without Me you can do nothing

NKJV, Psalm 37:7
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

NKJV, Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;

They shall mount up with wings like eagles, 

They shall run and not be weary,

They shall walk and not faint

NKJV, Psalm 40:1
I waited patiently for the Lord;

And He inclined to me,

And heard my cry

NKJV, Psalm 139:7
Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence

NKJV, Psalm 139:1
O Lord, You have searched me and known me

NKJV, Psalm 118:24
This is the day the Lord has made;

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

NKJV, 1 Thessalonians 5:18
in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

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