Monday, August 20, 2012
As she approached the tracks, the lights started flashing and the familiar warning bells clanged. As she sighed and tried to estimate the length of the train and the number of minutes this translated into, her five year old daughter Ellie squealed and started bouncing up and down in her seat. “Look, Mommy, we get to see a train!"
We GET to see a train.
What for my friend was a common sight, an inconvenience, really, was the highlight of her daughter’s day. She couldn’t wait to tell Daddy about the train. Even the dentist heard about the train between Mr. Suction and the power toothbrush.
How often do we see obstacles as inconveniences or a source of frustration? Writing is a hard road filled with many “trains.” What if instead we chose to have Ellie’s perspective? What if we saw the trains in our path as opportunities, placed there by God Himself?
Can you remember a time in your life where something that seemed to an obstacle was actually a blessing when you changed your perspective?
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