It was the other day. It had been a long day at work, I was suffering from an excruciating headache, and I had a run in with a woman I find particularly difficult. I was weary, and truthfully have been weary for quite some time.
I decided to make a quick run to Lowe's after work to pick up some new lampshades for my $4 lamps I had found at a garage sale the previous weekend. I had a few other errands to run, so I decided to combine them all within the hour before I either a.) passed out from hunger or b.) passed out from exhaustion.
And then I got hit in the face with the automatic doors at Lowe's. No, I didn't literally get hit in the face but as I was leaving the store (in my hurried, rushed state-- just wanting to get home) those automatic doors just didn't open fast enough for me.
It took me back for half a second, realizing that I've been living my days-- my moments in such a hurried state. I believe there is a difference between living busy and living hurried, living rushed. You can be busy and still appreciate the moments, still take in the life going on around you. When you live hurried and rushed, each moment becomes a frustration. And lately? That's how I've been living. Living in such a way that I can't even appreciate the "good busy" around me.
It may seem silly, finding a moment to reset in the midst of bargain lampshades. But these are the moments Jesus speaks to us and from my experience he usually speaks to us in the most peculiar of times. So thank you Lowe's and your slow automatic doors, and thank you Jesus for reminding me that frustrations are unimportant and that rushing is unnecessary.