2018-01-22 - Slow Drivers
But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.(Psalm 73:28)
It was a day I had to get to church earlier than normal, due to a meeting. Wouldn't you know it, I get behind a car traveling below the speed limit. I was frustrated, and prayed that the driver would glance at the speed limit sign obviously displayed by the side of the road. The driver did not, and continued to creep on. Then I asked myself, why not relax and not worry, and so I did. A few moments later, I noticed the driver in front of me was driving a little faster. It did help that I relaxed and prayed.
Before, I would have blamed the slow driver on a hat theory my dad made up. Whenever he got behind a slow driver, my dad noticed the driver wore a hat, most of the time. Today was no exception. Finally, the driver turned down a side road, and getting to church on time seemed possible. Until another slow driver crossed my path. This one was not wearing a hat, and was extremely slow. In anger, I even pointed to the speed limit sign, but of course she didn't see me. This inconsiderate person was costing me precious time. Gone was my peace.
Was being upset or worrying going to get me to church faster? No. I had to change my attitude and enjoy the scenery. I had to put Scripture into practice. As it says in the Bible, "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." (Psalm 73:26) I did get to church a few minutes late. Ironically, the meeting hadn't started yet. I had plenty of time, after all.
Lord, Help me not to take my aggression out on others, and help relaxation come easily for me, knowing You are behind the wheel. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.