I typed one final text, “Okay, sounds like a plan, I’m looking forward to it. I’ll meet you there! See you at 1:30.” I touched the SEND arrow… DELIVERED
If I need to meet her at 1:30, I should leave the house about 1:20. I took my walk, unloaded the dishwasher, finished a few emails and looked at the clock. Yikes! I still need to shower. Oh, my word, I better get movin’! I quickly got ready and checked the time. You’ll make it with only a few minutes to spare!
Earlier when we were trying to decide where to meet we had batted around a couple of choices. One coffee shop was on Main Street and the other just outside the downtown area. We chose the one NOT on Main…because my friend had never been there before. “It’s cute and unique, let’s meet there,” I had suggested. It’s so close to my house it won’t take me a long time but I’d better go!
Thankfully, I knew exactly where I was going. I confidently climbed into my steaming hot car and winced when my thighs hit the seat. I carefully touched and buckled my piping’ hot seatbelt. I pushed up my sunglasses which had slid down my nose now speckled with perspiration. I then backed out of the driveway and zipped away.
It was only a seven minute drive. I peered through the windshield down Main Street to see in the distance. There it is! I prayed, “Lord I’m sure she’s already arrived. Help me find a parking spot without having to loop around a ton of times and keep Kathy waiting.”
I scanned the street for a decent parking spot. I wanted a spot I could pull right into, not one requiring parallel parking, ain’t nobody got time for that! I glanced left and saw the store front of the coffee shop had a sign of some kind on it. What’s going on? It looks like the coffee shop is closed? Are they remodeling? I paused a bit confused and stunned.
We will have to make a new plan to meet somewhere else. I pulled over to text my girlfriend the news. NO, NO, no… wait a second! It dawned on me this is NOT the coffee shop where we decided to meet. It was one of the choices yeah, but NOT the one we had decided on.
“Oh, for goodness sakes! I drove straight here! What was I thinking about? Why did I drive to THIS coffee shop? Once my mistake dawned on me, I decided not to send a text but drove off instead.
I whipped around the downtown streets navigating through some of the local construction areas and orange barrels, weaving through like one of those car chase street scenes from a movie. I began to chuckle. She’s probably sitting, patiently waiting for me at our meeting place!
Here’s the kicker. Only moments earlier, I had passed it! I flew right by the coffee shop on my way to the downtown one.( Kathy probably even saw my car as I passed by.)
Why did I do this? What was I thinking? Let me walk you through my thought process. While I was driving, I began to think about inviting Kathy and a group of ladies out for the evening downtown to Main Street.
I mean I was having a full on day-dream about it. Scary, I know, since I was driving. I was able to picture it all as I thought about evening plans on Main street. Next, I saw in my mind’s eye the cute coffee shop on the downtown corner. So I zipped passed the one place and drove straight to the other one instead. (My mind moved in the direction of my most dominant thought. Literally in the direction.)
Allow me to turn a “corner” here, no pun intended, and ask…What are YOU thinking about? Do you realize you move in the direction of your most dominant thought? (I heard this quote once but I don’t recall who said it. I only remember it resonated with me.)
So…What are you currently thinking about? Is it a positive or a negative thought? Do you feel hopeful or hopeless? Are you fearful or joyful? You will move in the direction of your most dominant thought. I often say, “Mind your mind and think about what you’re thinkin’ about.” Ask yourself, “How did my mind get here? What thoughts led me in this direction?”
There are many Bible verses about your thoughts. I’ll share this one:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Philippians 4:8
I like this Steve Backlund quote, “There are no hopeless circumstances just hopeless people. Let’s all move in the direction of our HOPEFUL thoughts.
Here’s a verse that has been an anchor for me. Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NASB
I challenge you to think about what you’re thinking about so you don’t find your mind, like me and the coffee shop debacle, in the wrong location unaware of how you even landed there.
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6 NASB