The traffic was horrible. I was trapped. Every street I chose (thinking it was my own personal secret route) was bogged down with traffic. It was 4pm on a Friday and the traffic was encouraging my impatience. I had places to be. I had a schedule to keep in place.
I looked over to my right from the car window – a tree had fallen clear across the road. Not just any road – the main artery of my suburban area. This wasn’t good. I kept going straight thinking that I could take the next main road to the right – traffic clogged that way too. Dang. This wasn’t good.
I turned on the radio only to hear that the main highway was closed due to an accident. This just meant more traffic was piling up.
A 15 minute trip turned into 30 minutes. As we pulled into the driveway (only for a quick stop to pick up clothes), I realized that my next 20 minute drive was probably looking like 45 minutes. This was really going to set me back. I had plans! I needed to get my lawn mowed, my house cleaned and go to the grocery for a dinner party I was having the next night. This was a nightmare.
As we pulled out of the driveway for our next long journey in traffic, I realized there was no way we were going to get back home. We were just going to have to stay on the opposite side of town until this traffic cleared.
After dropping off T.J., Katie and I stopped off at a local pasta place for a much needed rest and a bite to eat. Our conversation was flowing. Katie told me all about her day, her adventures and her new found friendships at school. She shared so much with me. It was just Katie and me; face to face with no interruptions. For that brief 40 minute meal, we had time to talk and laugh and play a few games of tic-tac-toe.
These bumps in the road happen all the time. Something in life stops us dead in our tracks. It is like quicksand. We are stuck. We cannot get away. Our plans change drastically. It is never something that we want to have happen. In fact it is usually something we would rather avoid. Even though it looks ugly, it actually is a way for God to remind us STOP.
When we take those bumps as a blessing, then we realize the bumps themselves become new journeys.
When your life becomes bogged down in traffic, take time to see the blessings in your change of schedule. Instead of worrying about what you thought was going to happen, think about what could happen because of the change. Why is God stopping you in your tracks?