Linking up today on http://www.fiveminutefridays.com
The prompt for 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes/Five Minute Friday is “discover”. I’m looking forward to seeing where that leads!
Time starts now!
I used to be a “take the shortest, quickest route to get me there” kinda gal. Life was busy. My schedule full. I didn’t want to meander my moments away. Funny how time changes things! Now, you’ll find me on a quest to discover every two-lane back road to travel on, not worried about the minutes or miles it adds to the trip.
To visit my family in Michigan, we’ve driven on the highways through Ohio many times, but not long ago, my husband and I decided to take a jaunt on the country roads instead. Was it a slower trip? Yes! Take longer? Yep! Did we enjoy every minute? Most definitely! On that relaxed journey we delighted in the fall countryside, the pristine farmland, and quaint small towns. We also discovered two extremes: the smallest church in Ohio and the Big Muskie Bucket! To this day, that leisurely , scenic drive is one of our fondest memories!
My grandparents always told me that the older you get, the faster time goes by. They weren’t kidding! Life still get busy and my schedule full, but I’m learning to slow down in the midst of it all to discover and savor the gifts God is presenting me in those moments! Maybe it’s as simple as the smile of a stranger, light reflecting on the dew, a leaf twirling on the breeze, or as precious as a grandchild’s touch: things we easily miss when we focus on our shortest, quickest route to take us from one day to the next. We can’t go back but I wish I’d realized sooner that discovering the little things tucked inside the big things are much more important than the tasks on my to-do list. So now, big or small, I’m anxious to discover all God has in store for this “take it slower, enjoy the scenery, soak in the moments” kinda gal!