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Brody got a ride-on CAT four-wheeler for Christmas, which he calls a “Monster Truck.” It’s made for a toddler, and came with a little yellow CAT construction helmet, which he loves.

Fortunately for us, the kids just stayed after Christmas, so all their new toys are here, the Monster Truck included. However, with our freak snowstorm, the yard and driveway have been really mucky and unsuitable for Monster Truck fun. Until yesterday, that is.

With the temps around 50, and the sun shining brightly, we made a jail break and went outside. Lilli was just about as excited as Brody to ride on the new toy, and waited patiently for her turn. Finally, it came, and she hopped on and pressed the button, ready for some four-wheeling fun.

It went about a quarter of a mile an hour.

As she crept by me, she said, “Why is this thing going in slow motion?? It’s like the snail in Monsters University!”

Then, because she really wanted to get to the end of the driveway where her brother had found a patch of snow, she got off the toy, picked it up, and carried it to her destination, because who really has that much time?

Not her, apparently, and, most of the time, not us either, if we’re honest with ourselves.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve done my share of picking up my own assigned mode of transportation and running with it, simply because I felt I could get to my desired destination faster. And I say assigned because sometimes God has a way for us to go, and a means for us to get there, and it seems like the whole thing moves in slow motion. Didn’t HE give us strong legs to run? Didn’t HE give us a brain? Shouldn’t WE “honor Him” by using them to get the show on the road??

Not always, no.

Sometimes He wants us to slap on a construction helmet and ride a snail.

Because sometimes there are things we might miss along the way, things we need to see, things we need to learn, to equip us for the work we get the privilege of doing once we actually do get there.

Consider where He might be taking you, on this last day of the year, and don’t be in such a hurry to get there. Keep your eyes open and enjoy the ride.

 

But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day! ~ Habakkuk 2:3 TLB