The Lord said to her in reply,
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.” Luke 10: 41-42
It was past midnight and I was driving at 80 mph in the newly constructed highway.
My friend was with me on the front passenger side and she was sound asleep. It was late and as I was driving, my head felt somewhat foggy. I don’t know if I dozed off for a second or what. All I knew was I suddenly saw the rear end of a truck. I turned my steering wheel slightly to the right side and then the car was out of control…
The car started skidding to the right side. As my friend woke up, she instantly realized what was happening. There was fear on her face as she placed both hands on the dashboard and started saying out loud, “Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!”
We were nearing the wall on the right side so I turned my steering wheel to the left and I still couldn’t control it as the car skid to the left side. We were about to hit the middle island so I turned it again to the right. Then when we were in the middle of the road, I tried to gain control of the steering wheel by turning it slightly left and right. The car wiggled slightly then it stayed in the middle. I was back in control.
I looked at the rear window and realized the truck had stopped way behind us and there was another car that stopped alongside the truck. It was as if they were keeping distance for safety and also watching what would happen to us.
I then parked the car on the right emergency shoulder.
I remember my hands shaking so much. I was scared. And so was my friend. We could’ve died that day.
After a few minutes, I mustered some courage and drove off again. I apologized to my friend and let her know I couldn’t drive at the normal speed. I just drove at 30 mph because my hands were still trembling. I told her we’ll eventually get home but it would just take extra time.
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Ps. 127:2
The Rat Race.
That’s the world we live in now.
We live in a very busy world. And if you’re a working mom, you know exactly what I mean. There’s just too much “to do list” in our heads all the time.
We wake up early to take care of ourselves and our family. Then go to work. Then try to go home early and just do some of the stuff at home so that we can pick up the kids and prepare for dinner. Then there’s chores. Then if you have older kids, in between all of that are their extra curricular after school activities. Then you have to do the bedtime routines. And next thing you know, it’s time for you to go to sleep early (if possible) because you have to wake up early. For some moms who are trying to finish a master’s degree or other schooling, then there’s school work afterwards.
Very busy indeed. I’m sure there’s a lot more stuff I missed out.
And as we go about our busy days, we have all of our anxieties. Our anxieties about our children’s safety. Our anxieties about preparing for our children’s future and their college funding. Our anxieties about our own concerns at work or school. Our anxieties about our retirement.
There’s that inner nervousness. Sometimes even rapid heart rates or palpitations. The mind races too fast. There’s always that feeling and push to “control” things.
But here’s the irony of things, in our effort to gain control … when we don’t slow down – we can lose all that control.
Just like in the highway incident above, when we go too fast there’s the potential for accidents. That’s why there are speed limits.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 16:25
We need to slow down and let God be in control. God is bigger than our problems. He is still on the throne.
We need to quiet our minds and find peace in our busy lives.
We need reassurance in God’s comforting presence.
We need time to rest and recharge so we can “sharpen our axe.”
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Our lives always need focus and balance.
So slow down once in a while. Take time to stop and smell the roses every now and then.
Make a decision to take time to pray and be refreshed in God’s presence. And leave all your anxieties and burdens at the foot of the cross.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7