Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
I’m one of those moms who is blessed enough to drive her children to school every day. They don’t need to be driven to school. We have a perfectly good school bus that comes to our neighborhood daily, but somehow, I find myself taking the kids to school every morning.
It all began when my eldest was having minor issues with some of the other children on the bus. Then, my youngest was struggling walking all the way up to the bus stop and climbing on the bus lugging his trumpet. It is quite a haul for not so big a guy.
Anyway, because I can, I now drive my boys to school every morning.
Having worked at a school, I never thought I would be “one of those parents”.
My way of thinking (especially on cold rainy days, while standing outside helping the students out of their cars) was “Why don’t these parents just put their kids on the bus? Don’t they get it? It would cut down on traffic and our craziness in the morning.”
This is why I fought driving the kids to school. First I tried to resolve their issues, then I tried compromising by only driving on trumpet-lugging days. I truly did not want to drive them.
When they ride the bus:
- It gives me more time to get my to-do list done
- It saves gas
- I don’t add to traffic and pollution
- Honestly, it saves me the headache of driving.
Plus, if it’s not necessary, why do it? Why not use the resources provided?
Somehow, even with my list of reasons, I was wrangled into driving them each morning. Now, I am officially one of those, “crazy driving parents”.
Funny thing though, I’m actually enjoying being a “crazy driving parent”. It has become one of my favorite things. We now have time together we wouldn’t have otherwise. We catch up on all sorts of things and discuss the upcoming school day. We’ve even started a morning ritual of listing one or two things we are each grateful for that day. As expected, Mondays seem to be the hardest to find something to be grateful for and Fridays… we’re usually grateful just because it’s Friday!
Who knew what an impact this one small change would have on us?
I am so grateful God knew and He continued to push for this change in our lives.
Something that I perceived as a negative and worked so hard against has become a huge positive for me and my boys.
What if I had continued to push them onto the bus? I would have missed out on so many blessings!
So when you find yourself pushing against something repeatedly and not getting your desired results, consider giving-in. Try doing whatever it is you don’t want to do. Don’t repeat Jonah’s mistakes and end up in the belly of a big fish before you catch on. Ask God to reveal his desire for you. Trust him to lead you. He always knows what’s best.
Thank you for always being faithful and never giving up on me. Thank you for constantly pushing to lead me in the right direction. Help me to better listen to your urgings. I strive to be on the path you have chosen for me. Thank you for placing things in my life that lead to abundant blessings and, more importantly, closer to you.
In Jesus’ name I pray
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