Thursday, April 22, 2010

Pitfalls, Potholes and a Heavenly Perspective

It's been one of those days! Actually, if I'm truthful, I would have to admit it's been one those weeks! You know the kind I'm talking about. The kind that leaves you exhausted, frustrated and ready to give up. Thankfully, nothing major has happened to me over the past few days. Surprisingly enough, it's been the little, dare I say, ordinary things of life that have somehow banded together to wreak havoc on my week and my emotions. Isn't it amazing how simple every day things like finding your car keys or balancing your checkbook can turn your whole day upside down and send you into a tail spin?

Oh sure. I realize it's not what's happening that's the problem. It's my reaction to it. The simple fact that I allow these seemingly small, insignificant things in my life to become bigger than life frustrates me beyond words. Before I know it, I am taking a detour paved with anger, anxiety and frustration. How I wish I could bypass this emotional trip altogether and simply deal with it and move on.

Which brings me to Driver's Ed. 101. When I was first learning to drive, I got some excellent advice from my father. One day, as we were cruising down a dirt road out in the country, I found myself struggling to keep the car moving in a straight, forward direction. I would wander to the left, then meander off to the right, only to drift left again. Driving straight turned out to be a lot harder than I thought. After several miles of crisscrossing back and forth across this road, Daddy gently spoke words of wisdom.

"Quit staring at the hood of the car and focusing all your attention on what's directly in front of you. Instead, look past it and concentrate on where you are going."

I told you my Daddy was wise. I took his advice (I am my father's daughter, after all) and soon, I was driving like a pro! No more careening back and forth across the road for this girl. Now, I was wheeling and dealing and finally getting somewhere!

Which brings me back to today and this week. Once again,I found myself veering of course. Instead of looking at the big picture, I allowed these minor inconveniences to become my focal point.Where are those keys hiding? Why aren't these numbers adding up? Why is life so tough? With each question, I found myself heading toward Misery Lane, and straight for Pity Party Parkway. Aaaaaaaaaaaaay yi yi! How quickly I forget the words of my father...and the words of Paul.

For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, NLT

Let's face it. As we journey through life, there are sure to be some potholes waiting around the bend. It's how we purposely choose to react to these potholes that makes all the difference. The choice is up to us. After all, we are the ones in the driver's seat, right?! We can allow these "light afflictions" to throw us off course, or worse yet, stop us in our tracks...or we can simply cruise right on around them and keep on keeping on.

I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back. Philippians 3:12-14, The Message


  1. I love the way you write and I love this post! And I'm with ya girl, no turning back for me either! Onward we march, keeping our eyes on the goal, drawing closer to the One who loved us first. :)

    Thanks for the encouragement!


  2. I love the title of this post :) I'd read it if it were a book! Choice. Choice. Choice. At times I see something in front of me and make a choice to let the world seem like its ending instead of looking past it...or consulting God on the matter. I'm right along with you, following Christ all the way.


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