Friday, February 6, 2015


Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. James 1:19b-20 (NIV)

The traffic situation in my neighborhood had me upset about the way people were driving. Grumbling and fuming, I pulled into the drive-thru at a local fast food place and ordered a breakfast sandwich. I mentioned my coupon for a free entree to the woman who took my order. As the cars merged from two order lines into one, the young man in the other lane tried to wave me on. Realizing he ordered before me, I signaled for him to go ahead. Arriving at the window and handing them my coupon, they told me that the man ahead of me already paid for my order.

In stunned surprise, I blurted, “Wow! Bless that young man, and God bless your day, too.”

 My irritation with the rude drivers had been so intense, but God now clearly blessed me in a very different driving situation. I had a strong sense of God’s presence at that moment. He revealed Himself in the kind gesture of a man unknown to me. 

 In the verse above, James writes about being a good listener and waiting before we speak. Then he brings up that little matter of anger. He cautions us to be slow to become angry because it will hinder the righteous life God desires. What a wake-up call!

 Father, thank You for the reminder to be slow to anger, and thank You for blessing us through the people around us.

 © 2015 Diane E. Hussey

1 comment:

Evelyn R. said...

Hello, Diane. It is a blessing to be able to be patient in a somewhat impatient and volatile world. Watching those around us hurry about every day makes us tend to also hurry through life. If people would only slow down a little, they might see a wonderfully beautiful world that we live in daily. They lose a lot by hurrying through at breakneck speed. There is so much natural color to see everywhere we look. I know you have seen God's great handiwork around you. Enjoy, and God bless you always. E. Bonnie