For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. -Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLT)

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. -Romans 8:28 (NASB)

When you’re driving, sometimes you just wish you were there at the destination you’re trying to get to…and you might be tempted to run a red light, or break the speed limit. You might impatiently cut off a slower driver and blast past them…only to be stopped yourself at a light ahead, and that slower driver pulls up beside you anyway.

Traffic flow and control systems are in place to make some organized sense when so many people are sharing the roads together. Without such systems–and drivers actually participating and adhering to them–it would be anarchy and chaos everywhere. For the most part, people go with the flow, but sometimes they don’t, and problems ensue.

That’s a lot like life, isn’t it? Because God sits out of time, created time, and is independent of it, He orchestrates everything subject to it…like our lives. As His Word promises, He has amazing plans for us according to His will and His timing. And His plan for our intertwined lives reminds me of a traffic system in a city–but infinitely more complex.

There are seasons of waiting at red lights, seasons of action at green lights, and the in between seasons. We can pray to be attuned to His traffic flow.

He knows exactly when to keep certain people’s lives moving in a certain direction, when to hold others at a red light, and make all their lives flow in a way so they don’t catastrophically collide in a huge mess. But sometimes, we get impatient, or make terrible decisions, and do cause a fender bender…or a wreck…or a pileup.

But as Romans 8:28 shows us, He will use even the bad times and decisions and weave it all together for the good of His children, to His glory. He is the ultimate traffic controller for our lives, and we can instead enjoy the red lights and see all the blessings around us till the light turns green.

Make the most of every stop, every curve, and every bend, seeking Him along the way. He’s got plans to prosper us and not to harm us, but on the way there, through every season, are blessings and lessons He gives us to grow and prepare us for His wonderful plans ahead.

The light’s about to change. Get ready.