There are a lot of times in my life when I feel like I’m one of those ants marching, moving quickly through the daily routine of life and not taking a moment to stop and appreciate the world around me. Lately though, I’ve been feeling this little nudge from God telling me to slow down.
One morning, a couple of weeks ago, I found myself running a few minutes late (which usually happens more often than not). In an effort to make up some time, I rushed to get my son into the car, rushed to give my husband a kiss, and then rushed to drive out of our parking garage. When I arrived at my son’s school a few minutes later, I heard that voice again… “Slow down.”
This time, I listened to that voice and did just that – I slowed down. I turned around to look at my son sitting in his car seat. He tilted his head to the side and gave me a big smile, almost like he knew something was different about me. At that moment, I put my hand on his leg and prayed for him. I prayed that he would have a great day. I prayed that he would be safe and no harm would come upon him. I prayed that he would be a blessing to his teachers and to the other kids in his class. I prayed that he would have fun and learn everything that he needed to learn.
After I dropped my son off at school, I got into the car and on purpose, I took my time driving to work (even though I knew I would be a few minutes late). There happened to be a lot of construction on the road that day, so I made sure to drive carefully. As I drove past the main construction area, I saw a man holding up a big orange and black sign. It said…SLOW.
I got the message loud and clear.
I don’t want to be like an ant just marching along to the drum beat of life. I want to slow down more so that I can learn to appreciate the beauty in everyone and everything around me. Life is precious, and I want to enjoy every single moment of it.