Do you ever feel so overwhelmed that you notice things but they go to the back of your mind to fix later? One day when I was driving to work, I was particularly rushed and little stressed out. I kept looking in my rear-view mirror and putting in the back of my mind that I needed to fix that. My husband had driven my car the night before and the mirrors all needed adjusted. But I was just too stressed and overwhelmed- “I will do it later!” Later that evening on my way home, I was more relaxed and calm as I headed to see my family. I looked in the mirror and immediately saw how messed up it was and fixed it. I couldn’t believe the difference that made in my driving. I laughed at myself as I thought about that literally taking me probably 1.2 seconds! Wow- that’s how stressed I was this morning, I thought.
I think a lot of us live this way. We are stressed, we are overwhelmed- just getting thru the morning or entire day. We are too busy to adjust things to make things better. Many people don’t want to take the time to look in their own”rear-view mirror” to see how their past is effecting their present. It is just too much. But if we take a little time to do this and see how it effects us, our journey is so much better. The road is easier to navigate and we have a much better idea of how to get to where we are going. We don’t need to dwell on the past but look at it to learn.
Do your mirrors need adjusting??
One day this past winter I was taking my 4 year-old to preschool. We both enjoy this time together, he mostly enjoys it because he can talk and get me all to himself with little to no distractions, except traffic. Personally, I had been struggling with some things that were causing me a lot of anxiety and worry.I kept trying to control things and figure them out on my own, forgetting most of the time that God had my back.
This particular morning it was snowing out- a lot! As we crossed over the interstate I noticed the traffic was backed up and decided to take an alternate route. My son started getting very upset! “Mommy- you are going the wrong way! We aren’t going to get to school this way!” I assured him that the interstate was too bad and we were going to take another route that would take a little longer, but get us there without sitting in traffic. He was SO upset! He couldn’t understand that we would still get there, just not the same way. I finally told him, “Buddy, you are just going to have to trust me. Just believe me that Mommy knows what is best right now and will get us there safely.” He continued to express his anxiety and worry about not getting to see his “kids” today and they would all wonder where he was at! I finally said, ” You be the kid and relax and let Mommy drive.” I thought to myself – if he only knew that it was going to be ok. If he could just sit back and relax and know it’s all under control and I was taking care of everything. I immediately heard God say sweetly and calmly, “He’s just like you. I have everything under control and am taking care of everything, but you worry. It’s not the way you want it right now or are used to it but I have it all under control. Let me drive!” I couldn’t help but smile and say calmly, “ok- I get it!” I felt such a peace that morning. I really felt myself let it go after that. Of course, I still had my times where I would try to pick it back up. But I would hear God say, “Let me drive!”
We made it to preschool safely that day. My son got to see his kids and had nothing to worry about!