10 Sep 2023
Pedestrian Crossing Lights – Faulty!
I was at a pedestrian crossing. Upon pressing the button to cross, I found that the switch was faulty. Nonetheless, I stood there waiting.
A young man came along. He walked past me and then looked at me (more precisely, he glared at me.). He pressed the button hard and furious several times, displaying his unhappiness. Even though no words were exchanged, I could sense that he wanted to say this to me: “Aunty, what are you doing? Why didn’t you press the button?”. After multiple attempts of vigorous pressing, he looked at the button and the light post. Then, quietly, he moved a few steps away from me. He was no longer rolling his eyes. His face was no longer sour… Honestly, I didn’t blame him. I was once in a similar situation. I was unhappy when people beside me at the pedestrian crossing had not pressed the button. It was embarrassing that I had also “blamed others” for not pressing the traffic light button.
We are always rushing. Rushing without clarifying; rushing without giving others a chance to explain; rushing using our own standards and experience to judge; Because we are always rushing, we are quick to pass judgement on others; Because we are always rushing, we neglect to consider other possibilities.
In reality, what we see with our naked eyes may not always be the truth. Often times we are in the habit of making false assumptions and drawing hasty conclusions. We think that our assumptions are accurate and absolute truths. There may be many instances where our assumptions lead us to react negatively (i.e. displaying displeasure, rolling our eyes). However, we are embarrassed when the truth is revealed.
I pray that God will open our eyes. He will not let us judge when we have only scratched the surface. Instead, he will enable us to look deeper and discover the truth. May God also help us to slow down, not to rush so that we will not draw hasty conclusions and accuse others wrongly and in turn embarrass ourselves.
His Servant Maid,
(Translated by Mr & Mrs Timothy Tung)