Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. – Proverbs 4:26
This past month, I have been a full time bus driver in addition to my other responsibilities. There is one moment on my route that I completely look forward to in the mornings. Coming over one of the hills on my bus is an absolutely glorious view of the mountains. Every time I get to that spot, I think “The Lord is my salvation, my rock, and my redeemer.” It has never changed, and I always feel God in that exact same spot. I love it.
Well, it just so happened that one stop got moved. Two kids relocated and there was only a mile difference between their old stop and their new one. However, when I picked them up, I had a choice. I could turn left and resume my normal route, or I could turn right, which was a good bit shorter. Not for a second did I “give careful thought to my paths.” It just so happens that the shortcut chops off the view of the mountains.
For two weeks, I took the shortcut. I just did it because it was the easiest. It never crossed my mind that I was missing the view of the mountains. Well, a few days ago, I went to turn right. Well, only one of the kids got on and told me to go to the original stop to get the other kid. So I did. I went to do a quick turnaround and immediately a car came zipping down the road, which required the turnabout. I was kind of aggravated and just thought, “Well, I’ll go the old way.” Immediately, I remembered “the spot.” I couldn’t believe I had been taking the shortcut all along.
The spot was glorious that particular morning. There were rays of sunshine in certain areas. There were patches of clouds descended perfectly over big patches of the trees. It looked like a Bob Ross painting had come to life. One more time I thought, “The Lord is my salvation, my rock and my redeemer.” My soul was filled up and I was in absolute disbelief that I had given it up the past two weeks to save a couple of minutes. God had orchestrated those events to get me back there.
How many other blessings have I given up by being in a hurry? There is a reason He wants us to be patient. Today, especially if you are one of my teacher friends trying to get it all done by the end of the week, let’s make sure we enjoy each moment. You never know where God is waiting to show Himself.