Stop and smell the flowers? Many days, it’s all I can do to slow down and notice them.
I rush from home, anxious to accomplish my “tyranny of the urgent.”
But last week, circumstances forced my hand, made time stand still.
Or so it felt when the orange cones and yellow warning signs stopped my race against time. When I wasn’t at a complete stop, I drove at 5 miles per hour because there was construction work on the shoulder of the rural highway.
I glanced at the clock, no way to reach my destination on time. Excuses tumbled in my head as I envisioned walking breathlessly into the room. Not my fault. Road work prevented me from being on time.
But self justification was interrupted by a popular truism: Life’s a journey, not a destination.
Like the gears in a car, I shifted my mindset to “enjoy” the journey instead of fret over something beyond my control
Relaxing my grip on the steering wheel, I turned my head to gaze out the window. Winter’s once dormant trees were bursting with new mint-green growth. Their branches cast shadows on the sunlit asphalt.
When I rolled down the windows, a warm breeze embraced me. The smell of fresh cut field grass tickled my nose. And I marveled as a yellow butterfly fluttered among the orange poppies and bluebonnets that adorned the hillside.
How many times had I traveled this highway with windows rolled up and radio blaring, unable to hear the chorus of birds twittering in the trees? Even the purring of my car engine couldn’t drown their song.
Most days, I move too fast, fixated on my destination.
I miss the journey because my mind is already there, or stuck on autopilot, rather than living in the moment.
But on this fine spring morning, forced to slow down, and intent on enjoying my journey…………
My heart felt light as air. Not unlike those calm mornings when I’m able to relax and enjoy God’s wonders.
When the orange-vested man waved me forward, and the cars sped by me at 55 mph, I was singing, “Glory in the Highest.”
Because there is joy in the journey. It’s all around us when there are eyes to see and ears to hear every good thing that God has created for our pleasure and His glory.
Shout with joy to the Lord, O earth!
Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his,
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
Go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and bless his name.
For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
And his faithfulness continues to each generation.” (Psalm 100:1-5)