Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Avoiding wet paint...

I'm about to go on a road trip with some of my friends, over the weekend.  And we are going to be up to no good the entire time.  You have absolutely no idea how much I need this!  One of us is engaged (Nurse Nicki) and man are we going to mess with her!  Good old fashioned (clean) fun and laughs are in store.  I can not wait.  That girl means so much to us!  Speaking of road trips...


The other day, I was driving the normal route I take, when bringing my hoodlums to their Science classes.  As I turned down one particular stretch of road, I saw bright new paint lining the roadway on either side of my car, along with many orange cones displaying "Wet Paint" signs.  Ordinarily, I'm not the best driver in the world.  I can own that.  But.... I don't typically swerve all over the road, bumping into the side lines either.  All of a sudden, with brand new wet paint surrounding me, it was all I could do not to hit those lines!  Which was actually weird, because I was trying really hard NOT to hit them.  I was constantly looking to my right and left, paying as close attention as I could to them, driving slowly, but it was making it worse, not better.  I knew I was probably making a huge mess of my tires. 
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Out of the usual chaos erupting in the backseat, a soft thought impressed itself upon my mind, and I knew it applied to more than just driving.  It was this; in life, while you find yourself focusing on the side things and distractions along the way, rather than the destination itself, you'll inevitably lose sight of where you're headed, and undoubtedly get hung up on the surrounding things that don't matter as much. I realized that it's much easier to drive down a road (or through life's journeys) with your eyes lifted in the direction you are going, than looking side to side, trying to avoid the wet paint.  (You didn't know "wet paint" could be a metaphor for the junk in life, did you?)

I really needed that reminder, because I'd spent the morning so hung up on a situation with one of my children, that I'd spent the entire day focusing on all the surrounding side issues.  Bumping all the lines, fighting all the battles and forgetting the ultimate destination!  We were all tripped up and messy by the time we loaded ourselves into the car that day.  Luckily, I was able to lift my head, remember the direction we were going, and leave those wet painted lines behind!! Ahh motherhood... and it's many life lessons.   I thought it was a fantastic reminder, because I quickly applied the same thinking to several other issues where I'd momentarily forgotten the ultimate goal. Hmm... I hate that I do that. 

I was later encouraged by this verse, "So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left.  Walk in all the way that the Lord your God as commanded you, so that you may life and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess." Deuteronomy 5:32-33

8 comments:

  1. Here I am.....numero uno!!! LOL!! It just happens that way, I promise! I'm not stalking! ; )

    Have a great trip and love the analogy! ; )

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  2. I love this great lesson and it's so true.

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  3. Wow. As usual...something I really needed put into words. GREAT analogy and lesson!!

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  4. Sasha this is so true and I know I am guilty of it as well.
    Loved how you shared it with us.

    have a safe trip and y'all be good. : )

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  5. why can't i be there...why!!! she is going to love all the little surprises you have planned. can't wait to hear how it all goes.

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  6. hehehe... seems I'm reading all your recent posts in reverse order. I now know your honey won't get to see you in all those fabulous outfits! ;)

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  7. Blech, I don't know my destination right now!! I need a retreat.

    I need to focus.

    Maybe I need to go to church. I haven't been since Easter.

    ~sigh~

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  8. Blech, I don't know my destination right now!! I need a retreat.

    I need to focus.

    Maybe I need to go to church. I haven't been since Easter.

    ~sigh~

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