Janet Roller - Living Oak Ministries

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Hi. I'm Janet Roller: wife of one, mother of two, lover of coffee and writer of songs. I have just finished my first fiction novel and I'm looking forward to watching how God uses the simple story to minister to others. God is a big deal to me. My goal each day is to wake up and declare, "This day is Yours, Lord. Show me what to do with it."

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Car-Line Show-Off

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

All across America, between two-thirty and three o'clock, moms in cars line up to retrieve their children from school. Based on continued observation, the "lead" cars and the "last" cars are usually the same. Have you noticed?

What makes the lady who is always at the front of the car-line motivated to get to the front of the car-line? Did she miss out on something as a child? Has her competitive nature taken a turn for the worst? Doesn’t she have anything else to do?
What does she do for so long?

Certainly I'm not the only one who has thought some of these thought about the lead car occupant. Consider this: What if that woman makes a daily appointment with her Heavenly Father? Nothing interferes with the appointed time of Bible study, reflection and prayer. While others have been questioning her motive for line-leadership, she has been making the better choice.
Mary and Martha had a similar dilemma. Mary chose to sit at Jesus’ feet while Martha busily rushed around preparing. Was Martha wrong in her busyness? Only when it contributed to her loss of focus. Mary chose the better thing: sitting at her Master’s feet.
Do you judge others with little facts about their current situation based on how they appear? Do you carve time for the “better thing” in your busyness? Maybe it’s time to show up early in car-line.

God, I know You made everything and You made me. I want to sit at Your feet and know more of you. Help me to make time to wait for you, even while I’m waiting for others.


Cheri said...

If it's one thing I've learned, it's that things are never what they seem!

Great word on not judging the motives of others. If we seek to please God-then what else matters??!!

Carol said...

Good one Janet. I hope you have marked that one to put in the car line book.