A sweet, selfless and wise friend of mine recently gave me a great illustration. First she told me that in this season with multiple kids doing multiple activities that life is a lot like riding a roller coaster. And it’s true we are dashing here and there, waiting, waiting waiting, and then dashing, dashing, dashing. We wait in line, wait in traffic, wait for the game to start, wait for the practice to end. And then we go go go again. Sometimes I feel like I’m inside P.D. Eastman’s classic, Go, Dog. Go! except I never have climbed that tree to the dog party (well not precisely anyway, but I sure enjoy parties and would be all for one on top of a tree).
Today is a good example of this roller coaster ride. I took the boys to school. I picked them up. I took them home to change clothes and brush their teeth. Then we headed for the dentist, twenty minutes away. Except it didn’t take twenty minutes to get there, it took forty-five because of mind-boggling 1:45 p.m. traffic. When we got home, it was almost time to get them to their respective swim and baseball practices. My sweet husband and I took Sammy on the evening bus route just so the three of us could be together. We pulled out of the driveway at 5:15p.m. and pulled back in at 7:30p.m. It’s one of those time-killing opportunities where you say to each other, “Do you need anything from the mall? How bout CVS?” We ended up hitting a couple of stores, we walked around and watched Sammy dance in the mirror, thoroughly entertaining himself.
But my sweet, selfless and wise friend didn’t just give me an illustration for what life is like, but what we should do on this roller coaster: enjoy the view. And I love that because we can be intentional about embracing the moment and the view and this is a vivid reminder to do just that. (By the way, she credits David Hanke at Restoration Anglican Church for this nugget, but I’m just grateful she passed it along).
Jim Elliot said, “Wherever you are, be all there!” Yet it is so easy to not enjoy the view and to not be all there. Puts a twist on the hours that I spend shuttling each and every week, that’s for sure.
As Paul said, whatever we do, do it for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). So whether we shuttle, or ride, or wait, or go, may we enjoy the view, be all there, and do it all for the glory of God!