I’m taking one small break from my weekly Fervent posts. My study buddy went on vacation and I guess you can say I did too lol! It does however give me a chance to share something that my son so sweetly taught me a few weeks ago. (If you want to take a look at my previous Fervent post click HERE!)
My sweet Aiden, not unlike my husband, has the patience of Job (at times!) There is the typically 4.5 year old “not the right jammies” tantrum or the “I didn’t want my sandwich cut up” meltdown but other than that he is such a sweet boy who has all the time in the world to explain things to you and you to him (if ever necessary…..).
So Aiden and I had managed to escape the house just the two of us and we were running a few errands in town. We live in a pretty small town and right through the middle runs a train track, so on occasion our town gives you the chance to stop and smell the roses as a train blows through!
On this day our time was running short and, as fate would have it, as we approached the tracks the lights began flashing and the big arms lowered just as the big steal train clickity clacked into our path.
All I could think about was how precious our time was, how we were quickly running out of it and what I was going to have to scratch off the list due to our little interruption. Granted, how long could the train really have lasted?? I mean really! Its not like I was going to sit there the length of time it would be to get to Walmart park, shop, avoid frivolous purchases, check out and get back on the road. No way. Maybe what 5 minutes? Albeit the longest 5 minutes ever lol but such a short amount of time in the grand scheme of things.
So as I sat there with my glass have empty my son begins shouting from the back seat
Aiden “TRAIN!!! TRAIN!!!! TRAIN!!!!”
Me: “Yes Bubba, a train…”
Aiden: “Mommy, where is it going?”, “Why is it going here?”, “Why is it so long?”, “What is it hauling Mommy?”
His cup half full. What I considered something that would completely mess up our events for the short trip, only made his day THAT much better. Where I saw an interruption he saw an opportunity. Where I saw an inconvenience he saw a gift.
Suddenly it popped into my head the simplicity of the moment and how often we take the “opportunities” God give us to stop and pause amid our path in life as “interruptions”. I thought of how happy, joyful and peaceful Aiden was about this train speeding through our day stopping us in our tracks. What if its our perspective on our interruptions not the interruption itself. What if our attitude is the key to moving forward.
What if what we see is as a road blocks or interruptions along the way God means for them to be doors. Doors that we are lead to in faith, we talk through with perseverance and we move on through grace….lots of grace!!
If we truly trust that God is who He says He is then we can be confident that what He puts in our paths is for a reason. For a lesson to help us move forward OR a lesson of redirection. God is big enough to handle both of these!
We can rest assured that God’s will and plan will prevail and they are not contingent on you and/or your perfection. If you are seeking God and His perfect will for your life, He sees that and He will with you as your journey!! Guess what though I believe even if you aren’t He is still there!!! Guiding, directing, leaving breadcrumbs of His presence so that when your heart is ready His love if weaved through your life beautifully.
Life is full of bumps and bruises along the way. There are yield, stops, forks, sharp turns and even occasional traffic circle or two. We must gird ourselves with the Belt of Truth. Protect the core of who we are with God’s promises so that we are not easily distracted into thinking that the interruptions and roadblocks of life are placed there our of love by a God who created you and wants to pour blessings over you and your life.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
Feel free to jump into the Fervent study with me and my beautiful from Stephanie Miller over at Butterfly Beginnings! We would love you have you grow in faith through prayer alongside of us.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”