Deer Crossing – The Lesson of Patience

God stopped me in my tracks yesterday.

Like literally stopped me in my tracks. In the middle of my 10 mile bike ride a deer was standing on the trail eating leaves from a low hanging tree. Of course, I’m used to deer running away the second they see you here in Wisconsin, but this deer was different. It looked up and stared at me for what felt like forever. At first I was annoyed. After all my day was booked to the max and I was lucky enough to fit a work out in. I needed to get home for an event that evening and there I was, about 3 miles away from home trapped because this deer refused to move out of the way.

I thought about turning around and going back home the other way, but that would have turned into a 7 mile ride and I didn’t have time for that. As if the deer knew what I was thinking, it literally wagged it’s tail and began walking towards me. I no longer was annoyed, but became a little frightened as to what I would do if this deer started to run after me! And then it began to nibble on the next low hanging tree’s leaves.

And it hit me.

I need to slow down.

I need to stop with the constant scheduling.

I need to live in the present.

I need to enjoy all this world and this Wisconsin summer has to offer (because let’s be real, the Wisconsin summers don’t last very long.)

God has a plan, even if we don’t know it yet. This life of mine is all on his timing. Even thought I wanted or thought I needed to get home that very second, he had other plans to teach me to be present.

We have to be patient.

Sometimes, we have to wait for the deer to cross the trail before we head on with our day. And in that moment of waiting, we need to be thankful and grateful for all that God has done for us already.

Sunday Thoughts:

Romans 8:28 – “All Things work together and are fitting into a plan for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”





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