Do you find yourself always looking ahead to the next destination? I do that. Whether it’s the next move or the next job or the next relationship. I can get really caught up looking ahead.
Today I left home to start a month long business trip. I was very focused on getting to my brother’s house in Rapid City. Last week was kinda tough. I had so much preparation for this trip in addition to making card swaps, finishing up a temp job and thinking ahead to new ministry opportunities. My mind has been spinning. So when I got in the car this morning, I just set my mind to getting to Rapid City quickly to see my nieces. And then I stopped at a rest stop.
I only meant for it to be a quick bathroom break. But I saw this chapel in the distance. And I felt drawn to it.
I was so surprised to find this peaceful sanctuary in the middle of nowhere South Dakota. I stepped inside and found myself taking a deep breath and feeling peace wash over me. I stood there praying for a few minutes. Thanking God for safe travels. Thanking Him for getting to take this trip. And I stood there with open hands in surrender. My plans must be held loosely in favor of what He wants to do. I know He holds my future.
I could’ve missed this moment because I was so focused on my destination. What other moments do I miss when all I can see is the next stop? When I’m so focused on the next job, that I miss the blessings of the things I’m doing now? When I’m intent on reaching my next goal and miss the living of life now? I’m probably just rambling these things for myself but that’s okay. I needed this reminder to see what’s right in front of me. I need to be in the present moment. To see the blessings now. To be thankful for what God is doing today, in this moment. This trip I’m going to enjoy the journey and not just the destinations.