The warm rays of sun kissed the crown of my head. A nippy breeze brushed my nose. A multitude of birds sang in a harmonious chorus. Such is an evening in October. Strolling through the neighborhood with my dog, Zoe, that beautiful evening was pure bliss, until…
I was approaching the end of a driveway, heading for home, when a lanky man with snow white hair darted out of his front door to the car in the driveway. He jumped into the car and backed up narrowly missing Zoe and me.
Although everything happened within a matter of seconds, I remember thinking, Surely he sees me, as he approached his car. Then I thought, it’ll take a few moments for him to fasten his seatbelt and look behind the car .Finally, I thought, Hurry! Run! as I did a quick jog, barely being spared of a collision with his back bumper.
He didn’t see me.
He didn’t buckle his seatbelt.
He didn’t look behind the car.
He was in a hurry- too much of a hurry. He neglected to do the things he needed to do, things he should have done. In his state of hurriedness he nearly hurt Zoe and me.
I began to reflect on how many times I have moved too quickly, recklessly thrusting into things I shouldn’t have.
Times when my words or actions were impulsive and hurtful to myself and others.
Times when I carelessly shared something told to me in private with others.
Times when I offered my opinion when no one asked for it.
Times when I had just enjoyed fellowship so much that I didn’t want it to end. So, I invited a houseful of people to my home at a time nearly impossible to manage.
Times when I felt like supermom and signed up for a new project that stretched me and my family too far.
Times that I didn’t stop to pray.
Times that I didn’t stop and think.
Times that I didn’t count the cost.
Have you found yourself in any of these situations, too?
“Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)
Let’s slow down. Let’s make the most of every moment. Let’s incline our ears to the whispers of the Holy Spirit.