It was snowing as I drove to work this morning. A little more caution is needed on snowy days now that I drive that little black Honda. My old car, the big blue Cadillac, was a tank on snow crusted roads, and I had no fear. Well, not as much fear.
I left in plenty of time to get to work and still drive at a safe, slower speed. That is until I got behind a salt truck. Actually, there were three cars ahead of me, and we all followed the truck on curvy Preston Highway. There are only two places to pass on the entire journey. There was no passing today. And the truck was going at the rate of 25 mph. Not kidding.
Bill called while I was still a couple of miles from my destination and said, “I guess you are there now.” No, I was not! I told him my predicament, and he explained to me that the truck needed to go slow so it could spread plenty of salt to make the road safe for travelers. Travelers like me and the 15 or so cars that were now in line behind the truck. OK, I understand.
When I realized I would not be able to go faster then 25 mph, I had to tell myself to relax and enjoy the ride. You know, I have said that often as my life mantra, “Life is a journey, enjoy the ride.” Funny how I needed a reminder today.
As I drove past familiar places, I noticed things I’ve not paid attention to while doing 55 mph. I observed the beauty of fresh fallen snow. I prayed for people on my prayer list. And it became a pleasant ride.
Why are we in such a hurry all the time? Is it only me? Often I buzz from one activity to another, from one appointment to the next. Sometimes, I’m thinking about the next thing to do while I’m doing the present thing. Can’t I just be in the moment and live it for what its worth?
We have become a people living in the fast lane, I’m sad to say. Sitting on the porch and waving to the neighbors is from the “olden days.” Playing sandlot ball with the cousins and the kids on the block has succumbed to organized sports and lots of scheduled practice days. We boast of multi-tasking. “I’m just so busy” has become our badge of worth.
Today we have so many opportunities to do things and learn more. Does that mean we have to do them all on the same day?
Is it any wonder we have trouble being still and knowing He is God?
The 23rd Psalm imparts these lovely words to those driving themselves frantically:
“He makes me lie down in green pastures. He restores my soul.”
I need my soul restored quite often. It has never been the Lord’s plan for me to run myself ragged. I need to take a breath, slow my pace and simply enjoy the ride.