Everyone living in an urban area has used the zebra crossing at one point in time. Where there are no traffic lights, one has to look left, right and then left again before crossing over to the other side of the road. This is to ensure our safety. When a pedestrian gets to the crossing, he is to wait till the traffic lights or an approaching car gives him the permission to cross. It is the pedestrian’s right to use the crossing and it’s the driver’s responsibility to respect the right of the pedestrian.
In this life, one does not stay at one phase forever; he grows and enters into another phase. After he has outgrown it, he goes into yet another phase. Most often, to be able to move on from one point to the other, one has to cross over.
Some attempt to cross over in haste without paying attention to who might be approaching and meet their untimely death. This is sometimes due to impatience on the pedestrian’s part to wait till it is safe to do so. There are others who stand at the roadside with no zebra crossing in sight and expect those driving to assume they want to cross so they would stop. Most drivers ignore such people because they are not standing at authorized spots for crossing.
It could be the economic hardship enslaving societies; but it seems most people especially the youth are rushing to do whatever it takes to make it in life. And as the saying goes, when you rush, you crash. There is time for everything and when the time is right, one has to seize it. Just like when the traffic lights indicate that you can cross or a car slows down for you, it is obvious that is the right time to cross. It’s not the time to contemplate whether you can really cross or not. In the same way, when one is expecting some opportunity, one should be prepared for it as well. Some people miss certain chances not because they were not expecting them but because they had not readied themselves for them.
There is a moment for everyone to have that break they have been waiting for. Some seize it; others hesitate and lose out. There are others who ignore the rules and decide to find their own way. They get frustrated when things are not going the way they expected forgetting that they are not positioned at the spot where opportunities would avail themselves to them.
As believers, our steps are ordained by God when we let Him. He leads the way and shows us where and when to cross to a new territory. Sometimes we don’t pay attention to His direction and find ourselves struggling to find another way. But as gracious as He is, He keeps making a way where there is none so we can get to our expected end. But to arrive safely, we need to stop and wait when He tells us to. It may sometimes feel too long standing at one point waiting to cross but it’s better to be safe than sorry when crossing the road. But when God says it’s time to cross, then you are assured of a safe passage.
The success of our journey all depends on how willing we are to follow His lead and our obedience to His instructions. Just as the zebra crossing is for our own good, so is God’s direction and timing. Some drivers may try to disregard your right to cross but as long as you are at the right spot, the law is on your side. Similarly, the enemy may try to prevent you from accessing what God has planned in stored for you but when God says it’s your time, then be assured that is and no weapon formed against you shall prosper.
Let’s appreciate the zebra-crossing on the road and in our lives, shall we?
P.S Thanks for following my posts on the A to Z challenge. Your encouraging comments kept me going throughout the month. God bless you all and happy new month in advance!
© Josephine Amoako 2016