Tuesday, March 8, 2011


There is a train that goes by our house every day. In fact, in order for me to get anywhere in a reasonable amount of time, I have to cross the train tracks.

For 5 1/2 years, I have successfully mapped my exits and arrivals so that I would miss the train.

And then, all of the sudden? the rules changed.

It seemed like every time I needed to cross those tracks, I was forced to wait.

For a while, I even thought I had the new system figured out, but as soon as I was comfortable again, the rules changed.

I started taking it personal. Like this train was trying to sabotage my plans for the day by making me late everywhere. Like it "had it out for me".

Honestly, I started getting frustrated at God (I know, you good Christians probably never do that....sorry). I mean? God KNEW I had places to be! Why would he let this happen to me?

And then? I heard these words in my heart... 
"It's okay to slow down".

God knew I would be angry about having to wait. He knew the road wouldn't always be a clear shot to the finish line. And sometimes? He puts a train in your way to force you to slow down.

And rest.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I 
will give you rest  Matthew 11:28


Lo @ Not Your Average Southern Belle said...

Love, love, love this. Can you please write a devotional someday? Seriously. The next Beth Moore = Ashley S.

Ashley said...

Great point!

*Ashley Lou* said...

Lo, what an honor that would be!! I'll let you know if God ever calls me down that path =)

Anonymous said...

This is a very touching post. We all need to remember that it's okay to slow down and enjoy the ride of life. :)

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