Sunday, 2 September 2012

Stop & Let The Ducks Cross


Yesterday was just too busy a day.


Had to have a lie-in because it was Saturday and on Saturdays we have a lie-in followed by breakfast in bed unless we absolutely have to travel somewhere early.

Then preparation for packing for the drive back to our hometown for a family event only staying overnight but outfit for the event needed and then clothes to wear travelling, pyjamas, coat and of course all the things we will not leave without like the iPad, phones, etc.

Next came the Skype call with our daughter to talk about the notes I had made while proof reading her latest script. That was a long call well 3 calls actually because there was bathroom break and another break to check up on my husband Fred to make sure he was getting ready to go away and sure enough no, he was reading instead.
His punishment was to make the lunch but it was a very easy lunch to make.

Then the packing and the gathering up of the Sunday School materials & other things which had to go with us to be dropped off at church tonight on the way back from our trip.

A few other texts and phone calls fill in the gaps and we are finally ready to leave at 3.30pm to be at our first destination by 5.30pm and the journey will take us almost 2 hours. We need to arrive before 5.30pm to get parked and walk to the location where our younger son Daniel's band is playing at a culture event in Londonderry.

Then over to my sister's house for a light meal and chat and introduce our Daniel's girlfriend Suzie to my side of the family. Change of clothes and on to the restaurant for the Surprise 40th Wedding Anniversary for Fred's brother and his wife. Time to introduce Daniel's girlfriend to the other side of the family.

Back to my sister's around 1am and flop into bed.

At least we weren't driving up the road to Belfast like Daniel and Suzie.


There have been many days when it has been just one thing after another and I feel like I'm going through one stage just as the preamble to the next and so on, never really savouring each part of the day.

One such day was when we were on a trip to Belgium in 2004 to find a school for our daughter and find our way around before finding a house and moving there to live for over 6 years.

We were driving in an area near the airport and not sure of the road at all when we came to a lake. The road ran alongside this lake and it was the approach to a small town.

          Suddenly we had to stop at a zebra crossing.

                    What was unique about that then?

Crossing the road on the zebra crossing were a duck and 3 little ducklings.

We laughed hard at the fact that the duck was taking her ducklings across the road via the crossing, was she a very clever duck or was it just by chance?

Whichever it was it caused us to stop, be amused and it brightened our hectic day. I just wish we had had a camera ready for that moment but regardless of the lack of a picture the memory hasn't faded.
I often think of it fondly and remember how we enjoyed that simple action. That is actually the thing I remember most clearly about that short trip to Belgium.


We need to remember to stop and wait

When we are very busy we just go through the motions of everything but when we are forced to stop and wait at times we can find so many things.

We can find amusement in a little snippet of life.

          We can find a source of peace and contentment.

                    We can find gratitude to God for the unique times in our lives that are so special.

                              We can find joy.

We need to remember to stop and wait a while with God.




9 comments:

  1. This a lovely reflection, Sandra. It's important to slow down and not miss the "God-joy" in the midst of our crazy day.

    Stopping by today from Spiritual Sundays. :)

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Lily, I enjoyed your 31st post to fruitful living.

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  2. Too often I keep going till I nearly drop - and then am forced to take a break. Yesterday was one of those days. I just laid out in the sunshine on the bench of our picnic table, and enjoyed the "lie-in"!

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    1. good for you Esther, much better to relax than to be always rushing through life

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  3. Enjoyed your story and reflection on pausing in the busy pace of life. I like to have a camera with me because I am more likely to stop and look closely at details along the way.

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    1. Hi Carol, yes the camera is a good idea but I always forgot to keep one in the car. Easier now with cameras on phones & ipads. thanks for dropping in.

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  4. GREAT #tbt POST!!! So glad I saw this via our 31 Day Survivors group. My life has been crazy & I am hardly writing at all lately. I was glad Susan gave us an opportunity to share an older post. It inspires me to write when I read good posts like this!! Thanks for sharing!!! c

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  5. what a wonderful throwback memory. And, today Daniel and Suzie are expecting their first child? Am I remembering correctly?

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  6. Sandra, love the picture of the duck crossing and how you relate it to being still. I struggle with enjoying the down times because my mind is trying to stay caught up with what's going to be the next thing. Your post is just another reminder to enjoy the pause.

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