Sunday, May 29, 2011

How Fast are We Going?

Recently my daughter and her friend went to Dollywood so Rhonda and I decided to hang out and watch a few shows at the park. It was a really hot day so we were not going to be in a hurry exiting the theaters after the shows. We might as well enjoy the air conditioning as long as we could before walking back into the heat. One thing I noticed was how quickly the crowds exited the theaters. It seemed as if they were in a desperate need to get somewhere else very quickly.

As I was watching one group leave, I noticed another family waiting until the theater was cleared before they exited. This family had a little boy who was disabled. It took some time to get him situated and ready to leave. There was also a difference in this family's demeanor in comparison to most of the others who were in a hurry to leave. This family did not seem to have any worries. They made sure that their son had everything ready to go and they weren't in a hurry. When they left, they were smiling as if they knew something that everyone else didn't.

How odd that the family with the greatest load was the family that appeared the happiest. I took a moment to lift up a small prayer for them as we walked out. God used that moment to teach me some great truths about happiness and His provision.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Gal 5:22-23

Sometimes we have to wait upon the Lord to see the things that bring true happiness. If we would just slow down a little, we would have time to experience the things He wants us to experience. Keeping your foot on the accelerator only allows you to experience the thrill of your desires not His.

In Christ,
Doug
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