My day was so busy today. Much like yours I’m sure. Up at 6:30 so that Cassady could be at the dentist by 8:00. Rushed her back to school and then off to run 1,739 errands! So much to do……so many places to be……..so many people to please and then POOF! The day is over before you know it!

In the middle of my 1,739 errands I found myself resting, for just a moment at a red light in a very busy intersection. Cars were zooming by or waiting to zoom by and the people in those cars were just as busy and caught up in their day as I was in mine. I was the first in line at the red light so I had a clear view of the entire intersection.  As I was waiting, I was surprised to see an elderly gentleman crossing this busy intersection. He was probably in his 80’s and moving kind of slow as you can imagine. I watch with baited breath as he carefully put one foot in front of the other. He was not in a hurry. He was not caught up in all the activity around him. He was not even looking ahead of him. He was watching his feet…..his walk , if you will. He was very intentional in his steps….each and every one was taken with much thought and care. His only goal, at the moment, was to make it to the other side.

As I sat there, I began to think how the busyness of my life had forced me to fly through my days, checking things off my list with hardly any thought what so ever of the things going on around me.

I pondered, with deep regret, about the missed opportunities I was sure I had missed over the past few months. The opportunity to check on a friend, to strike up a conversation with the older lady in the grocery line, to smile and say good morning to a stranger….the list goes on and on. I believe there are God ordained ministry opportunities around us everyday……and I had missed them!

The more I thought about that old man’s walk, so careful and so intentional, the more I began to see how my life was so NOT intentional. I vowed to slow down a little. To be more intentional in my daily walk…….so I can make it to the other side.

That man was used by God that day….to slow me down a little and live intentionally.