In August of 2010, one of the worst traffic jams on earth took place. According to Forbes Magazine, the Beijing-Tibet Expressway came to a standstill as traffic backed up for 62 miles. This nightmare scenario lasted 12 days until the gridlock ended. As summer vacationers crammed onto this highway, too many cars entered without any place to exit, resulting in an epic battle of patience.
Whether its Memorial Day, Labor Day or Thanksgiving Weekend, traffic is one of those things you can’t avoid. Sure you can plan ahead, using GPS to find alternate routes, but when roads are packed there is usually no where to go. As a former resident of Chicago, traffic jams are a daily occurrence extending your commute by 1-2 hours regularly. When I worked at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, I left home 2 hours prior to my shift. I took a book to read in case I was early, yet nearly every morning I arrived just in a nick of time.
From a spiritual perspective, traffic jams occur for multiple reasons. Sometimes, individuals need to slow down, take a deep breathe and embrace God’s creation, Psalm 46:10. On other occasions, God wants to divert people in a different direction, away from harm and temptation, Galatians 5:16-18. Meanwhile, dead ends and roadblocks serve as supernatural vehicles to bring about God’s will, Proverbs 19:21. Therefore, the next time you find yourself in a traffic jam, ask the Lord to provide faith, perseverance and maturity until the roadway is clear, James 1:2-4.
Feel free to share the worst traffic jam you’ve been stuck in.
by Jay Mankus