Recently one evening, my husband and I were making the long rural drive home from my in-laws. In the course of our journey we got stuck behind a very slow truck pulling a flatbed. Our pace slowed to a crawl.
My husband is not one to become easily agitated. He is very calm and peaceable but after miles of this, and with no shoulder to pass, irritation began to build up in my husband. When the truck finally turned off of our road, my husband let out a huge sigh of relief.
The funny thing is, it wasn’t until he released his frustration with the situation we’d just been in that I even noticed anything was wrong. I had no idea of this truck being an issue. I was thoroughly enjoying the ride, listening to the radio, and glancing occasionally at the setting sun.
It’s so strange how two individuals can be in the same vehicle, going to the same place, exposed to the very same circumstances, and yet be having an entirely different experience.
It reminds me of Jesus sleeping in the boat while his disciples were frantic with fear in the storm. It reminds me of most of my marriage, when I am worrying over issues that my husband has peace in.
The Lord will place individuals in your boat to show you that your experience can be lived a different way. Where there is the potential for fear, there is also the potential for peace. Where there is the potential for irritation, there is space for contentment.
Look around you. Who is at peace? Who is content in the storm? The Lord is allowing them to show you what He has made available to you.
Antonette Weatherly is a wife, mother and minister who lives in the Sherman area. You can find her weekly serving at Victory Life Church. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.