Stop, drop, and roll with it

When I was a little girl, I loved watching The Jetsons. They were the future! They were what I thought my adulthood would be like.

Riding around in space cars, robots as maids, and many household gadgets to make life easier. 2018 is here, and we’re not too far off from that 80’s cartoon. However; has it been to our detriment?

I’ll explain. I naturally move at a fast pace. When I slow down it literally makes me itch. When I want something, I want it now. When I’m going somewhere, I want to get there fast.  When it’s time to leave the house, I get aggravated with my kids for intentionally moving slow.

Maybe it’s the Generation Y in me, but I keep telling myself to slow down, take life in, and enjoy the ride.

I like to be in control of my day because I have a lot going on. I try to keep a certain pace so that I’m able to make every appointment on time. Of course, things happen, and I may get thrown off course. Most times I get mad at myself for not adding in that extra buffer of time to account for the unknown.

Last weekend, I was cleaning up in between giving the kids baths and dressed for the day. I had to get myself dressed as well to get to my pamper session at the spa. But once my husband got home, we started talking. The next thing I know, I had 40 minutes to get in the shower, dressed, and to my appointment on time.

The whole way there I’m beating myself up for mismanaging my time. I was being an over achiever trying to get things done before my appointment. Then God said to me, “Chill out, relax, and stop idolizing yourself. You say you trust Me so stop thinking you’re Superowman on your own”. ( Yeah, He talks to me like that.)

He and I have had previous conversations like this before. I think I can do all things, and He reminds me that I can but only through Him who strengthens me.

So I let it go because at this point I’m going to get there just in time. Well……I made a work turn and got lost. I have to call the spa to ask them what street I should turn on to get to their location. She tells me to go back where I made the wrong turn and go down one more street.

I arrive 15 minutes late. The esthetician doing my wax reassured me she would work fast to get me to my massage on time. We’ve been working together for about 3 years now so we have a smooth routine down now.

She gets me finished in 10 minutes…whoo hoo…with 5 minutes to spare before my massage. God was like, “See, I told you to trust Me”.

The massage therapist was so nice and she helped me to relax even more. Oh how I love a good massage!

But wait my friends, the story doesn’t end there. After the massage I have to rush home to pick Zoe up and take her skating with some friends. I get home and she’s escaped to our neighbors’ house to play with her friend. I go there to pick her up and they invite me in to meet their new puppy. I couldn’t resist. She was a cute puppy, y’all!

As I’m talking I’m also thinking in my head, “Ugh, I’m about to be late once again”. In case you guys haven’t noticed, I don’t like being late. BUT God reminded me again to trust Him and don’t worry about it.

I get a text from our friends at the skating rink that they ordered pizza and would wait for us to skate. Amen! Zoe and I got there in time to skate with them for about an hour.

I’m telling you this story as an example of one day of many where I get caught up in myself thinking I have everything under control, and God has to remind me that He’s in control. We don’t exactly live in the Jetsons era, and I can’t beam myself around town to get to places on time.

Doing too much too fast then beating myself up is my character flaw. Your’s  may be something  different. No matter what it is, just know that when you take time to pause, breathe, and trust God, all things work out the way they’re supposed to. Why worry and stress when we have a Father who will take care of that for us?

It’s a day by day process for me. But God doesn’t ask for us to get it together on our own. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. I promise I’ll let Him handle my burdens from now on. I pray that you do the same.

Sending love and hope your way!

 

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