What Does the Yellow Light Mean?

What did you do this last weekend? Did God and Mother Nature “slow you down”? When I wasn’t outside shoveling, playing with the dogs or shaking snow off of already budding tree limbs, I took advantage of some much needed couch time. I watched some TV and napped … just a nice relaxing weekend.

One of the shows I took an opportunity to watch was the NBC special “Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows”. Honestly, I didn’t realize just who he was or how important an instrument he has been in making people laugh … in making me laugh.

One of the many clips shown in this tribute was from an episode of Taxi. When Taxi first aired in 1978, I was only two years old. The clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HvmtbZzA40) is from Reverend Jim’s driving test. Reverend Jim asks the question “what does a yellow light mean?” He is given the answer, “slow down”. So, he asks the question again, but a little slower. The same answer is given, “slow down”. He asks a third time, even slower. The same answer is given, “slow down”. This banter goes on for a good 60 seconds. This 60 seconds is full of laughter … laughter by both the cast and the audience.

While this is all pretty light hearted, it resonated a little bit. How often does God give us a simple answer to something we have going on in our lives? Do we take the time to really listen to the answer? Do we “slow down”? Do we see what is in our present moment or do we often times look backwards or too far forward into the future? Do we listen to our surroundings and those in our lives who impart wisdom? James 1:19 says “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” Quick to listen. If we get out of our own way, if we slow down, we can hear what God is saying to us. The choice then becomes “what are we going to do” with our answer?

“Slow down.” How simple yet complex these two words can be. Our world today is fast paced with instant gratification and technology. Yet God and Mother Nature can slow us down. The white, crisp, clean snow was a beautiful blanket in this fast paced life we live. What a beautiful reminder to take some time to just “be.” As the snow melts, I invite you slow down and watch the beauty in green grass and renewed life of budding trees and flowers. May you hear and see what is around you and may you not get lost in the business of life.

Dear God, thank you for blankets of new beginnings. Thank you for reminding us that we sometimes just need to “slow down” and listen. Please open our eyes, our ears and our hearts to all that surrounds us. We pray that you will give us the wisdom and the courage we need as you guide us thru this thing we call life. In your name we pray. Amen.

April Schauer

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