If you are reading this on Sunday, August 26, 2018: Welcome to our Neighbor Day! We are excited that you are here and that you chose to be with us today.
This past Monday morning at about 7:25 I had turned on to 412 off of Mt. Olive on my way to the church building. Out of nowhere, a red Mustang pulled up beside me. I was in the left lane and driving 45 mph (that is the speed limit, FYI). There was also a car in the center lane driving 45 mph, but about a car length ahead of me. And there were several cars turning in the right lane.
Well, the red Mustang was being driven by a young male...I kind of think high school, but may have been a little older...and traffic was not moving to his liking.
I could tell he was about to do something dumb, so I braked a little and, sure enough, he zipped in front of me. I’m sure he was disappointed when he got about 25 yards in front of me and had to slow down for a truck (and there were a line of cars in the right lane, so he could not get around the truck).
It took all of my self-control not to honk at him when I pulled up behind him at the light at 412 & AR 59.
I started to wonder why he was in such a hurry. If he was a high school student, he wasn’t running late (unless it was to a zero hour class, in which case he was already absent, so why hurry?).
Then I was convicted. I do the same thing. Maybe not driving, but in other parts of my life.
I figure if I can zip around this obstacle and zoom ahead, I somehow will be better off. I think that the rules don’t apply to me or that I can ignore the limitations that are in place.
Until I find myself right back where I would have been had I not gotten frustrated and tried to “fix” things.
Sometimes in life we have to understand that we are where we are for a reason. Sometimes we don’t know what that reason is. Sometimes only God knows why He has put us where He has put us and why He has put us there.
Often times when this happens we tend to speed up. We want to figure things out for ourselves and we think that if we just press the gas a little more, it’ll all be over quicker.
At times like these, we just need to relax, slow down and prayerfully await God to reveal His plans in His time.
His paths are not always the easiest; His ways are not always the most fun; but where He leads us is always exactly where we need to be!