“Be Still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth.”
“It’s a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”
Ok, everyone has a pet-peeve (or a dozen), right? Well I don’t know what it is about semi-trucks in the left lane that makes me a little crazy. Every time I see one, I just want to scream “MOVE to the right! You are a professional driver! The left lane is for PASSING.” As I’m rolling my eyes and giving a mental tongue lashing to this poor truck driver, I have an out of body experience of sorts. I hear the Holy Spirit whispering in my ear, “Nancy, how many times have I told you to pull over to the right, slow down, and get out of the fast lane?” In all the craziness of life, aren’t we just like that truck, physically unable to keep up with the Mustangs, Chargers, and Corvettes of life, but we keep reeving our engines, instead of just taking the time to just breathe, sit with God at a heavenly gas station and refill our tanks?
In that moment, I was reminded of the Disney movie “Cars.” I fell in love with that movie, especially how the main character, Lightening McQueen, would race around non-stop, looking for his next victory, accomplishment, and trophy. It wasn’t until he was forced to slow down, that he was able to see the more sustainable gifts God had provided to him. Cars is a great movie, but it’s the story behind the story that is even better. The idea for this movie came from a personal experience in the life of the movies director, John Lasseter. After a nine-year run of directing box office hits like, “A Bugs Life”, “Toy Story”, and “Toy Story 2,” his wife came to him as said, “John, we have supported you in the building of Pixar, but you better be careful, because one day you are going to wake up and your boys will be going off to college and you will have missed it.” On a side note, it’s always a great woman behind every great man, or should I say it’s always a great woman behind every great man that will listen to her, after all God created Eve to be a help mate to Adam, God knew what men needed, the love of a good woman, Mrs. Lasseter, you are truly a wise woman! Well the rest of the story is that he took the summer off, bought a used motorhome, and traveled America off the US Highway system, and it changed their lives. When he returned to work, he knew he wanted this movie to reflect what he had discovered, that the journey of life is the reward. It amazes me that it took him checking out of work mode, taking a break from trying to run the race and get to the finish line, for one of this man’s biggest ideas to be born, and as an added extra bonus, God threw in a lifelong memory of bonding that changed the family forever, just because He could! What a lesson to learn! We all can use time to slow down, and remove the noise from our lives, so we can hear God’s voice and direction.
Music: “Breathe” Jonny Diaz
Prayer for today:
Father God, I pray that we take the time for the things that are truly important in life. I pray that each and every person reading this will find value in checking out from the rat race we call life long enough for them to be still and know you are indeed a God who loves us and wants to walk with us, talk with us, and guide us to what we would have missed if we didn’t take the time to just breathe. Thank you Lord, in Jesus name, Amen