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Red… Five Minute Friday

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It was 5 AM on a Saturday morning and I was headed out of town to run a race. It was cold, dark, and a little bit icy, and the road was deserted. I always enjoy the quiet of the roads when everyone else is still asleep and I can just cruise unhindered. I had promised my husband the night before that if it was icy, I would skip the race. It was just slightly icy and I really wanted to run, so I started out thinking that if I encountered too much ice I would turn back. Knowing that I was pushing my bounds, I felt slightly on edge, but I was ready to race.

I headed for the interstate. Up the four lane road that usually carried tons of traffic, but at 5 AM, the road was all mine. All mine, except for the RED LIGHT. What do you do when you are all alone on a road and the traffic signal turns RED? I looked in every direction and there was no one to be seen. I wanted to just turn left and hit the interstate. I wanted to ignore the RED LIGHT that was staring at me. I also wanted to forget the voice in my head telling me that it was icy and you had promised. This RED LIGHT felt endless and pointless. Here I was at the crossroads of race or no race at 5 AM on a deserted road. Outwardly, I was obediently waiting for the light to turn green. Inwardly, I was in turmoil. Had I ignored my promise to my husband? Had God orchestrated this red light to actually stop me from going to the race? Should I just ignore this pointless RED lIGHT and get going? Is there a hidden police officer just waiting to nab me when I turn left on a RED LIGHT? What if there is black ice on the interstate? My body and my car just sat there at the light while my mind raced.

GREEN LIGHT. It actually startled me when the light turned from RED to GREEN. For a split second I hesitated then I did the right thing. I made a U-turn and headed back down the empty road. I had promised.

Much Grace

Five Minute Friday

5 Responses to Red… Five Minute Friday

  1. alanham73 says:

    Wish we had more red lights to stop us in our tracks! From a fellow Five Minute Friday friend!

  2. Jessica says:

    great to likening the color red to a race, very creative!

    Stopping by from FMF.

    Have a beautiful weekend!

    Jessica
    http://mybeautifulli.blogspot.com/2013/09/five-minute-friday-red.html

  3. alecia says:

    What a cool prompt..different. But the word evokes so many different meanings to all of us. It’s probably a good thing you did turn around you don’t want to mess with black ice. Love the symbolism found here. Have a great wknd!

    • graphics says:

      Thanks for stopping by. It was a different sort of prompt today. When I first read it, I was at a loss and then I went for a run. No ice today :)

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