There’s nothing more frustrating…….you’re going with the flow of traffic, sailing along, when suddenly, you see brake lights ahead. You look around and don’t find an accident, or a breakdown or any other reason for the slowdown. The only thing that you see is a big poof of gray hair behind a steering wheel, sitting low, both hands on the wheel, staring straight ahead, oblivious to the other cars around him or her. Just driving along.
I admit it, I’ve had bad thoughts go through my head when this has happened. I’ve envisioned running them off the road, speeding around them….I’ve stared at them while driving by, giving them the stink-eye. I’ve been impatient because they’ve disrupted the 3.5 seconds that I could have gained in life from them not being in my way. It’s stupid, illogical and not Christ-Like….I acknowledge it.
I’ve been working on my heart in this area. Instead of trying to race by, instead of thinking angry thoughts, instead of searching for that extra 3.5 seconds, I’m slowing down. I’m purposefully staying behind the car, because it’s teaching me something. It’s teaching me that life moves too fast. It’s nice to go 35 MPH in a 55 MPH area sometimes because, instead of watching the falling leaves flash by in a blur of colors you get to actually observe them shifting in the wind, taking their time as they creatively dance in the air.
Maybe the old folks have it right. In a way I’m envious of their perspective, really. They’ve got nothing but time on their hands. Maybe, for some of them, they’ve witnessed the time fly by and they’re just looking out for us fast driving, fast-paced-moving folks. Maybe not, but it presents a great opportunity to learn patience. I’m thankful for that.
In what areas of your life do you need to slow down or gain patience?