What do people gain from all the toil at which they toil under the sun? Ecclesiastes 1:3
Start the car in the cool hour of the morning to beat the rush hour traffic and you crawl into line on I-85 for stop and go traffic. Then, you do it all over again at the end of the workday. You may load the children, or the groceries, or whatever the stop is for, head for the home and check the kitchen calendar for what you have on the list for the next day.
There is not only your job, as important as that is in today’s economic conditions, but there are games to go to, dancing classes for your children or grandchildren, soccer, and the list goes on and on…..and you look down and see that it is your favorite aunt or uncle’s birthday or even worse, one of your immediate family’s birthday and you haven’t even given it a thought….so we get in the car and head for distant relatives and reach amusement parks to appease the little ones. Is there any wonder that we feel like we are always in the car…..well for most of us, we are!
We think of Solomon’s cynical words, “What do people gain from all the toil at which they toil under the sun?” Yes, excessive time in the car may reflect our foolish choices. Or your car may provide you opportunities for service to others in your family and at work. As you re-evaluate time in the car, rely on Jesus as the Way who said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1). When you are feeling stressed in your car, say a prayer, sing a hymn and take a moment to reflect on the blessings we have of transportation, the ability to drive, healthy bodies and opportunities to learn and grow….and better yet, to say breath prayers.
During this fall season take the time in your car to let it be “your” space and to learn that during this time you and God can have some powerful conversations.
Lord, during our times in the car going here and there, steer us in the right direction spiritually, mentally and emotionally to appreciate the gifts we have been given. Amen.
“The values we live by are worth more when we pass them on….”