Embracing Life’s Journey- Bus stop experience.
Yes, this blog post is about a bus stop but bear with me, I’m going somewhere.
Soooo. I remember a time when I was on my way to a ministration at a church. I had never been to this particular church before and I’m quite ashamed to say that I was running late! It was a Sunday and I had just left my church service so I was literally power walking to the bus stop. I had calculated everything in my head down to a T lol, if I got to the bus stop at this certain time, then got on this specific bus at that certain time, I would just about make it on time.
So my power walking prevailed, I got to the bus stop on time. I stood and waited, well I didn’t really stand more like paced up and down and constantly looking at my phone. I waited, the bus didn’t come, I waited some more, the bus still it didn’t come. By the time I looked at my phone I calculated that I had been standing here for almost 15 minutes!!!! This was not good!!! Google maps had lied. I now knew that I would definitely be late. *smh* As I stood there sulking and moaning at myself for not being better organized, I noticed that someone else had come to join me at the bus stop.
This person wouldn’t be there for long because within about 30 seconds of this person standing at the bus stop their bus came, they entered and then left. Well.
I just stood there looking at nothing with a sour expression on my face even more frustrated than I was 30 Seconds before. Really. Seriously. Those were the thoughts that were that were running around my mind. ‘How is it that I’m out here waiting for 15 minutes and no bus! And as soon as this person arrives at the bus stop, so does their bus’. Then as quickly as those thoughts came so did another. These thoughts however, didn’t really sound like mine.
‘Whoa, whoa, hang on! Do you know where this person is going?’, came the voice. ‘Erm no’. ‘Do you know how many buses they had to take before they got on that one and how many more they will be taking today?’ ‘No.’ ‘Do you know if this person is even happy about where they are going?’ ‘No.’ Bottom line, do you know ANYTHING about this person’s individual journey. ‘No’, I replied again ‘Well alright then’.
I had a Selah moment then and there lol (Selah means to stop, take a break and reflect)
In that moment I saw how quickly we can neglect, look down upon and compare our journey to someone else’s because it doesn’t look as easy as the next persons or because things aren’t going exactly down to a T of how we planned them to be.
Shortly afterwards my bus came, I got to church on time and even had time to spare. (I know right, this is also probably due to African timing as well lol, God will help us).
But this moment taught me a real lesson about embracing the individual journey that The Lord has put before us. I had stood there getting ready to have a real pity party about the fact that this person’s bus came before mine, when in actual fact I knew nothing about this person’s journey or their story. I didn’t know how long they had been travelling, if they were hungry lol, or if that was the first good thing that had happened to them all day. I’m not saying this woman definitely had negative things going in in her life. I’m saying that I JUST DIDN’T KNOW. And I was about to base my happiness on the fact that their bus came before mine. *smh*
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
We do not know what God has in store for us or for the next person we just have to stay in our lane and enjoy the journey God is taking us on! Yes there are likely to be a good few ups and downs but the bible says that all things work together for good for those who love The Lord. As well as that a lifetime of lessons should have taught us by now that the things that we go through teach us an individual lesson that we usually end up carrying forever and even passing on.
And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
You see even with all that calculating of when the bus was supposed to arrive and how long it would take me to walk, my bus still didn’t come until it came lol! It’s sad to say it but sometimes all of our planning and deadlines may be in vain if God has other plans. Things will work out much easier if we just submit our plans to him and allow him to lead our lives.
I don’t think the way you think.
The way you work isn’t the way I work.”
“For as the sky soars high above earth,
so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
and the way I think is beyond the way you think.
Just Imagine I was standing at that bus stop getting so annoyed hot and flustered while all the while the programme wasn’t even starting on time. That’s what a lot of us do in life we stand at bus stops beating ourselves up, blaming God and comparing our situation to the person next to us. All the while the situation that is before is not even half as bad as we make it out to be or better still it has been put before us by God to make us greater. Instead of standing at bus stops and being depressed we should breathe in the fresh air, we should take a minute to reflect, use that that time of delay to prepare ourselves for what’s to come.
Yes, your bus is late, yes you’re not on time but God already knew this was going to happen and there is a reason for it. God may disclose this to you or he may not but don’t bother yourself trying to figure it out just enjoy the journey.
Written by Joke