Where am I “going” with this? (bad pun) But maybe not so much. I have lived in the inner city, the glorious suburbs, and now in a quiet little town. I’ve watched race riots as a boy. I have lived in apartments that don’t qualify for being called a place to live. I’ve lived in a suburban home with my parents that brings back some great memories. And now for the last 18 years or so, I have lived in a quiet little town. Not much happens here. I’ve witnessed growth in this town. I’ve seen housing developments being started and new homes being purchased. I’ve noticed an increase in traffic in my small town. But yet, right now, I love it here.
We are filled with so much junk that being busy is the norm. I can’t remember the last time when I looked at my calendar and found it empty. This week, as I write, my schedule and commitments are many. The only day open to relax is tomorrow. That’s it. Again, being busy is the norm. This isn’t new to many people. We hear it in conversations all the time and we get excited sometimes to tell anyone who will listen that we can’t believe how busy we are and we don’t have time for anything more.
AND THEN… let’s talk about the time it takes to go from one appointment to the next. Sometimes we don’t have a lot extra time to spare. So our option is to hit the Interstates and drive as fast as we can, sometimes exceeding the speed limit. Driving recklessly. Our schedules and appointments dictate what road we use. The Interstates have some advantages but sometimes very busy. They are multi-lane extensions of our day that enable a multitude of vehicles to travel all at the same time. It’s an efficient way to travel. Many travelers use the Interstates.
I, on the other hand, use two-lane roads to travel. It’s because of where I live and what I need to do. I am retired. My schedule, though busy, keeps me off the Interstates unless my wife and I are taking weekends away or even vacation. We feel much safer driving.
What’s my point? The point is where is our attention. When we’re driving along the multi-lane highway, the extension of our day, there is more to be aware of.
It can be very stressful. We continue down the road watching our left and our right. We’re using the rear view mirror. We’re watching our rear and certainly our front. We see detours. Closed lanes. And then the crazy drivers. Sorry. And then, when we need to exit we find ourselves in the wrong lane. HELP!!!
On the two-lane road, there’s not as much going on around you. Now I know that I am a different kind of sample. My living in the rural country enables me to stay away from the highways. I am privileged. Yes, I’ll even call it blessed.
My dissertation of road travel is a microcosm of life itself. Our lives are busy. Daily travel lines up with the craziness of our schedules. The stress is the same if the choice is to move at the fastest pace possible. Busy = Use the Highway. That’s the only way. Our attention is held hostage. We’re looking left and right and then left again. So that is why I say, “There ain’t nothing like a two-lane road”.
When our lives get so busy that our attention is consumed by the “stuff”, that should be a problem not the norm. It can even infiltrate our spiritual life. Our relationship with God is affected in lots of the same ways. We have less time to read our Bible, to meditate on the Word of God. And yes, we take less and less time to pray. And isn’t that what this blog page is all about? I think, at least for me, it’s time to get off of the high speed interstate and get back on the two-lane road. Slowing down is ok. Really. It gives us all the time to enjoy God’s presence. I can talk to Him knowing full well that He listens to me. It’s a great time to pray. Now it’s a good idea not to close your eyes when praying. All kidding aside, the two-lane road opens us a lot of opportunities.
Friend, we need to slow down and realize there are other options in my very busy life. One of those is to remain in a close relationship with Jesus. Jesus said in the Bible in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
As we find ourselves burdened with whatever is taking our eyes and attention away from Jesus, get off the highway and move over to the two-lane road. There’s lots to experience when we focus on Jesus. And there’s lots to see when we take the time to look.
Don’t believe me. Believe God.