My job is located adjacent to a side street that happens to be really busy. People are attracted to the area because there is a massive walking trail that the community finds appealing. Between people driving, walking and running, it can be challenging. I’ve had to hit my brakes a time or two quickly as the potential runners/walkers make their way across the street. However, something was different on this past week. I noticed a family preparing to cross the street. The youngest of the group secured a hand held flag from a small container attached to a crosswalk pole. It was bright orange. The young child held it as the family crossed and then deposited it in a second container attached to the crosswalk pole on the opposite side of the street. What an ingenious idea! While considering the person’s creativity with this implementation, God took me to the application of this concept in my daily crossings, and perhaps yours too.
Getting God’s attention along our journey doesn’t have to involve a flag, albeit really cool during worship dance ministry! Our flagging must be demonstrated through relationship with Him. In that relationship, communication is key. Romans 10:7 affirms, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” We must be careful of what we allow to enter our ear gate, including negative thoughts and even negative people. Being intentional about spending time with Him is paramount for daily existence and navigation. James 4:8 tells us that when we draw near to God, He in turn will draw near to us. When we spend time hearing God, rather than immediately petitioning God, we can listen and understand how He would have us to move. We must train our minds to desire God, more than we desire the beautiful people and things He has allowed in our lives. I Peter 2:2 supports this consideration, “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.” God desires us to grow into the knowledge of who He is! Once we fully embrace and get that into our psyche, we can sincerely believe that anything is possible!
As believers on earth, we should resemble clusters and clusters of orange flags from heaven. We must go so deep into God that when we stand in need He responds because we are utilizing the tenets of our “flagging” in our journey. Just as I stopped when I saw the family crossing with the flag, so does our heavenly father brake when we call upon Him. Perhaps what constantly amazes me is that He never confuses my flagging with anyone else’s. Even as we all flag concurrently, He still is astute enough to respond to us collectively and individually.
We are allowed to cross life alone, but we must realize that the consequences of doing so may not always work in our favor. In comparison, the Word of God affirms in Proverbs 3:4, “Then you will find favor and much success in the sight of God and humanity.” What do you need to flag about? Not to worry. God will honor crossing you to the other side of whatever concerns you.