On my way home from Dawn Gluskin’s writing retreat entitled Writing from Your Soul, it was pouring. And when I say pouring, I mean more like blowing sheets. Pretty much the opposite of the awesome yoga session we had earlier that morning!
The roads were treacherous to some standards, but for me it wasn’t too bad. The only thing that kept haunting me was the darkness: that ever-present feeling that something is going to jump out of nowhere in front of my car and completely change the course of my life forever.
In this case, it sort of did! You know how when there is enough rain, but not TOO much, that the shoulders start to flood and that slowly begins to creep across the road? During the day those puddles (aka mini lakes) can be avoided for the most part, but at night, it’s a totally different story! They blend in with the pavement, camouflaging themselves as blacktop with just a hint of a shine of raindrops; and then BOOM. Hydroplaning.
Thankfully this didn’t happen to me that night! However, it has in the past. Because of this, my brain has been hard-wired to drive extra cautiously in the absence of light. Therefore, it was a natural instinct of mine to brace myself anytime I thought a road pond was quickly approaching.
I found myself flinching for the dreaded slide-and-skid about four times on my drive home. But you know what the funniest part about it was? I didn’t hit a single puddle. Every time I assumed the worst, nothing happened.
So that got me thinking: how many times in our lives do we have this dream, but our brains are trained to think “oh that’ll never happen, it’s too big!” Or what about the typical “it’ll all go to pots; nothing good will come out of that! It’ll be a disaster and you know it!”
Bracing myself for a puddle that didn’t exist caused me to realize that too many times in life we immediately react to things without taking a second to pause, look at the scenario, think about it, and then respond. By doing this, we are ridding ourselves of the assumptions we make that can harm us in ways we don’t even realize!
For me, this means I need to stop reacting in a negative manner or hesitating out of fear any time I feel God calling me to do something, whether that be big or small! My assumptions have gotten me into serious trouble in all seasons of life! But not only that, it’s also robbed me of a lot of joy I could have experienced if I had only been brave enough to say yes.
So friends, my challenge for myself this week that I would like to invite you into with me is this: don’t allow the pressures of this world and what we have always been dictated to think, let you control your thoughts and decisions. Take time to step back and observe what God is really indicating in this moment in your life. Know that no matter what happens, we still have a God who loves us, sent His Son to die for us, and is cheering us on every second of every day. Keep strong, and be brave.
“No, in all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
~ Romans 8:37 (NIV)