It was one of those mornings. I hit the snooze button time after time, and then had to rush to get ready because of the moments wasted hitting the snooze button. Even though I had spent hours working on things to prepare for some meetings at work, I was still ill-prepared for the day. I had stayed up till after one o’clock writing reports for the next day, and had fallen asleep before everything was done. I was starting the day behind, and my 14 year old, was moving extra slowly. Moseying through his morning… My patience was wearing thin, but as I saw as I walked out the door, the ice on the windshield of the car was thick. More tasks that would take more time.
As we got on our way, my talkative son was asking lots of questions and requiring my overloaded brain, which was already at work by the way,to think and respond. I felt really overloaded and it wasn’t even 7:20 in the morning. But, as we drove up a hill on our morning route, the early morning sun was rising and shining through the trees. We drove past a field of cows, and we saw the most precious sight. This photo doesn’t come close to capturing the moment. A mother cow was quietly, gently, nuzzling the nose of her calf. The sun was shining, and the light was streaming through the trees in the background.
I was running late, yes. But you know, I’m learning, trying, to capture moments in a new way. I told Tanner, “Let’s stop and get a photo”, so we turned around, drove back through, and I snapped a few shots of the sweet mother cow and her calf in the early morning light. And do you know what? Tanner wasn’t late to school, and I wasn’t late to work, and I was smiling after that.
I wasn’t smiling about the cow. Or the sunlight. Or the beauty of the scene. It was about what that represented to me. That the creation speaks of God’s glory. That these simple, ordinary things that surround us are merely reminders, indicators of the fact that God is. He lives. The Creator’s creation is to be enjoyed and savored and appreciated, not just rushed through.
So here’s the thing. If I had rushed to work and not noticed anything but how slow cars were going or how much my son was talking at a time when I wanted quiet, or how much I had ahead of me that day, I would have probably only gotten to work a minute earlier. Seriously, just a minute! I would have been more stressed because I would have focused on all that had to be done later instead of living in the moment right now. (That wouldn’t have helped me accomplish anything more, for sure, except raise my stress level!) And Tanner may have had a more stressful start to his day as his harried mom rushed him through his morning.
I am so thankful for the beauty all around us that morning. Instead of stressing, we breathed and smiled and looked at cows in the mist on a cold winter day. Somehow, that cow, gently nuzzling her calf, was a reminder to me of the steady-in-the-moment nurturing that builds our relationships. Life is busy. I so know. But sometimes “busy-ness” is more internal than circumstantial. It’s more a mind-set than a mandate. That morning, I needed to get a grip on my stressing harried mind. When I choose to broaden my view of the world around me, it’s amazing God can use to help me to adjust my attitude and perspective. You know, He can even use a cow.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34