Don’t you think it’s a wee-bit strange that we keep going through the same old thing?
We keep making the same old mistakes, we lose our faith then we lose our way and it goes on and on and on and on….
I am working with an account in Orlando that is in addition to my the responsibilities of the current client account in Tampa. Therefore, Interstate 4 is my stomping grounds and I have each exit almost memorized…how many gas stations, where’s McDonalds? is there a Walmart, etc.
This account has kept me so occupied and my whole life has been engaged as we’ve rolled out this new account. I find my brain never turning off, even in the wee hours of the morning. Sometimes my brain is working so fast that i find myself never being able to think about anything else.
So, in my little yellow super-charged sports car, I drive back and forth each week from St Pete to Orlando. Of course, those who are first-hand witnesses of my aggressive and intense driving on the road can attest to how scarey it can be with me behind the wheel.
but… I HAVE TO GET TO WHERE I’M GOING and need to get there quicker than everyone else on the road who have destinations, don’t I?
Within 2 weeks, my Van was broken into which cost me $600. My other car needed $1000 worth of tires, brakes and maintenance. If that wasn’t enough, I was stopped for speeding and ticketed twice in one week.
I was devastated! These traffic tickets are very expensive and can wreak havor with the insurance premiums.
So, I came to God asking WHY WHY WHY? Am I not a good person God? I’m faithful to church and give to my local church and community. And you know God, I AM the Praise & Worship leader at our church AND i might add that I’m in a Christian band. (spoken with true humility, right?)
So, why didn’t I get a break on this God? I know I was speeding but a lot of people speed and never get caught. So, why me?
As I petitioned God for the answer, I found myself asking, “What’s the lesson to be learned in all this?”
So clearly, the voice from God spoke and here’s what I heard:
YOU ARE AVOIDING ALL THE SIGNS IN YOUR LIFE
NOT JUST THE SPEED LIMIT SIGNS
BUT YOU’RE IGNORING YOUR HEALTH
YOUR RELATIONSHIP, YOUR CHURCH, YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR HOME…
YOU NEED TO SLOW DOWN AND SPEND TIME WITH ME TO HEAR GOOD THINGS
TO LEARN GOOD THINGS AND TO BE AT PEACE WITH YOURSELF AND OTHERS.
I encourage us all not to ignore the signs in our lives that tell us to be balanced and learn to manage our time spent in life.
So many times I’ve heard people tell me, “I never hear from God…I can’t hear him speaking to me…” But God IS speaking! God speaks to us in unconventional ways and we need to be patient and listen.
So, now…as I drive down the road, I utilize the cruise-control function of my car and keep it at the speed limit all the time. And as others pass my by, whizzing crazily around me… I just wave to the students…the students that still have a lesson to be learned.
Love & hugs,