March 5th – Why Do They Call Gridlock The ‘Rush Hour’ ?



I have had this experience before – well, it happened again. had to go to a meeting of the Baptist Union Council , and as it meets in different locations, I was pleased that this journey was not too far from home. I left early and joined rush hour traffic as I fidgeted my way with the crawl of vehicles trying to get into the town centre. I was not sure of the route because I’d never been to this location before, so I feverishly looked for signs on the road which corresponded to the map. I got as near as I could to the venue and eventually found a parking space on the top floor of an almost filled multi-storey car park. Then there was the task of finding £5.50 in coins for the machine to ‘Pay and Display’ – then the walk across a foot bridge and towards the venue which was surrounded by tall buildings, one of which was still under construction – I was going to a building site with huge cranes heaving vast loads towards the sky. I got into the crowded meeting, still flustered: many ‘hellos’ etc., and quick words of greeting, and feeling on edge and out of kilter, the meeting began. Now I know that millions of folk do this sort of hurdle race in the ‘rush hour’ every day and my heart bleeds for them. This meeting was different however. The man at the front called us to stand and sing ‘He is lord, He is Lord. He is risen from the dead, and He is Lord’, followed by: ‘Jesus we enthrone you – we proclaim you our King. Standing here in the midst of us, we lift you up with our praise’.
Just these two songs, each sung once through, and by the time we were called to prayer before the business of the day, I had been re-focused, re-directed, re-centred. Above the traffic, the weather, the car parks, the chatting, the noise of building and the inner city, Jesus is Lord.
Amid all our frenetic busyness and self importance, there stands the eternal living Lord. I need to hear this verse every day, from Psalm 46 : v10
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
A Prayer: You are our refuge, and strength, O God. You are the Lord Almighty,
an ever present help in trouble. Therefore I will not fear.
Now read Mark 4: 35-41

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