We have a lot of road construction going on in our little town these days and there is a big detour on the road that we most often use. You’d think I would remember to avoid this section of the town, especially since the construction has been going on for a few weeks but this morning, I jumped onto my bike and ended up, once again, in a big line of idling cars, waiting for south bound traffic to move.
Not a big deal.
I manoeuvred my bike up the line, beside the cars so I could talk with the woman who was holding the big STOP sign.
Diane: Good Morning! Lots going on around here. You enjoying your job?
Lady: Beats sitting at a desk all day, that’s for sure. Gotta’ eat lunch while I’m working and that sucks but otherwise, it’s good. Don’t mind it at all. Good pay too.
Diane: Do you deal with many people who complain about the construction?
Lady: Oh yah. Every day. But this road is going to be good when it’s finished. People are so impatient and they don’t think about the final result. Instead they complain. They complain when the road is full of potholes and they complain when we try to fix it. There’s no pleasing some people.
I just keep my eyes on that guy over there with the flag and when he gives the AOK, I let people through.
Lady switches sign around and it’s time to move.
Diane: Well, nice talking to you.
Lady: You too.
So true. There’s no pleasing some people.
I don’t want to be those people.
My life has been and continues to be full of potholes and detours, mud and messes.
There are times when I get to experience a level path and when that happens, I pay attention and enjoy the ride. I am becoming increasingly more mindful of the present moment, take a big breath and take it all in.
Other times, the ride is not so smooth. I pay attention to my responses, get off my bike and wait. I am learning to keep my eyes on, “that Guy over there with the flag and when He gives the AOK, I move through.”
Thanks for the reminder this morning, Lord. You’re here with me…always. Every part of the journey.
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31.8