Hello, everyone. It’s been a good while since I have written a blog. I wanted to share a short encounter I had about a day ago. I needed to run errands. I embarked on my short journey with “goals” in mind, stop at the vision center and grocery shop for dinner. I live in the High Desert, meaning, at times, we need to take the freeway to get to another city faster. I took my usual route. It was during rush hour, and that means traffic is a bit congested. But we were still moving.
Two miles before my exit, I noticed a significant traffic jam. After a few short minutes, we came to a complete halt. My sister was driving with me. She checked on Google Maps about the traffic commotion. Sure enough, there was an accident. So close to our exit too. Google maps claimed it would take an hour to get out of the congested freeway.
I was on the far right because I’d be exiting. Suddenly, impatient people start illegally driving on the shoulder of the road. I’m usually one of the impatient people. I get very frustrated. However, I’ve been practicing not getting angry over stupid little things. At one point, a whole line of drivers start lining up on the shoulder of the freeway next to me, and they wanted to bully the ones who were on their lane, legally, out of the way. I usually let people through. But on this particular day, if I would have let the one car in, a whole chain of cars would cut. I thought, “That’s not fair to me or the rest of us waiting patiently. Plus, they were breaking the rules, and it could cause another accident.”
Eventually, I made a small prayer and asked God to please help me with achieving patience, and of course, to make my way of out the traffic jam. I breathed deeply and stayed calm. Seconds later, there was a breakthrough, and I was able to get out of the freeway in a much faster time than what Google Maps claimed.
Call it coincidence, or a small act of faith, I learned something with the traffic congestion. It reminded me of life in general. Sometimes, we have goals and plans in mind. But inevitable accidents, things out of our control, occur. As long as we have a focus, a goal, a destination in mind, we cannot quit. I certainly couldn’t just stop and leave the car and my sister in the middle of the freeway.
When there’s an event that stops us, we have to continue our journey. We have to have faith that there will be a breakthrough. We will have to wait. Others will try and get ahead through any means, illegally cutting ahead of others, cheating, lying, and bullying etc. But our job is to remain with the destination in mind and learn to stay calm. It’s harder to achieve than we think. But I felt God sending me a message that day in the freeway, “Don’t worry. Everything will alright.”
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