Faith and Fenders

DriversfrontAfter read-ending a luxury sedan on my way to the gas station yesterday, I nearly burst
into tears. Life has been a bit too busy lately with no one in particular to blame but me. Why is
my schedule so full, and when did my normal pace morph into near insanity?

While reading Ruth Haley Barton’s book, “Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership,”
a poem by Ted Loder, quoted in Ruth’s book, caused me to wonder if my recent busyness was
crowding out the benefits of my daily Quiet Time. Was I really connecting with God the way I
used to when I felt I could hear His Voice?

As the words of Ted’s poem washed over me, my spirit grew calm and my heart opened
wide to receive the peace that passes all understanding.

“Holy One, there is something I wanted to tell you, but there have been errands to run,
bills to pay, meetings to attend, washing to do…and I forget what it is I wanted to say to you,
and forget what I am about or why. Oh God, don’t forget me please, for the sake of Jesus
Christ.”

We all know that God never forgets us, but we often get too busy to deeply connect with
Him. Soon after in the same text, Ruth pierced my heart with the following words: “…I realized
that there was something I wanted to say to God but had been too busy and too out of touch with
my own soul to say. What I wanted to say to God was ‘I miss you.’”

Despite the hours I spend with God each week, I realized I missed Him too. I began to
repeat those three small words, “I miss You. I miss You. I miss You,” emphasizing miss and
then, miss You, allowing my heart to truly enter in.

Then I just sat with my Heavenly Father and thanked Him for reaching out to me, for
slowing me down, and for turning my fender-bender into a glorious reminder of how much He
loves me and just wants to be with me.

The “doing” would have to wait. “The One Whom my soul loves” was calling my name.

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4 Responses to “Faith and Fenders”

  1. Daily Coupons April 15, 2013 4:58 am #

    Howdy! This article could not be written much better! Reading through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept talking about this. I’ll forward this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a very good read. Many thanks for sharing!

    • Donna Wyland April 28, 2013 11:35 pm #

      So glad the Faith and Fenders post blessed you and you’ll be passing it on to your previous roommate. Our busy lives today can certainly get us into some tough situations. Praise God, He’s always there to get us back out and on the Right Road again. I’m paying more attention when I’m behind the wheel these days! Blessings to you.

  2. Cityofgreenwoodmn.com April 21, 2013 5:41 am #

    I actually blog also and I am writing a thing very similar
    to this particular posting, “Faith and Fenders | Donna Wyland”.
    Would you mind if I actuallyincorporate a few of your own tips?

    Thanks -Ruth

    • Donna Wyland April 28, 2013 11:25 pm #

      Well, what do you mean by “incorporate a few of my tips?” I’d be happy to take a look at your potential post before it is officially up, if you’d like. Please feel free to email me. We can chat a bit more then. Thanks for your post!

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