This past weekend the movie theaters were filled with people watching Batman vs. Superman, so I decided to reveal to all of you my own super power.
I started to notice it several years ago, but in the beginning I was not sure it really was a super power, but slowly I got convinced.
Here is how it manifests itself: as I am driving my car and I approach a traffic light, it invariably turns red! I initially thought the power was in my car, but then I noticed it happened even when I was driving Liz’s car or even a rental car.
It goes like this: I see the traffic light still on green, I accelerate to try to get through, but when I am about 100 feet from the intersection, it turns yellow and then red… Just far enough for me to be able to brake. No excuses. I believe it is a form of radiation that emanates from me that makes it happen.
A few weeks ago I was in Germany, and this super power worked there as well. Amazing!
Now, those who know me already learned that I am quite anxious, so it is not fun to have to sit there waiting for the light to turn green again. Obviously several of those lights are the ones that have several phases, so I watch the cars go across, then the ones that turn left, then the pedestrians…
I am starting to believe this is happening for me to develop patience and overcome my anxiety, and I think it is working. I have caught myself resigned to the fact that the light will change, so I don’t even accelerate anymore.
It is actually a good reminder that I don’t have control over many things. I cannot make the events turn the way I want them. This small example actually replicates a lot of other areas in my life.
Without trying to make my traffic light experience become a spiritual event, I do recognize in it a little contribution to remind me that I have to “cast all my anxiety on my Lord, because He cares for me” (I Peter 5:7).
Trying to deny that may cost me more than a ticket.