When it rains, it pours
Last week I was sitting in my office listening to the rain as it came pouring down. I looked out the window and saw water running down the streets in front of the building. I didn’t think too much about how much rain there was at first, but then after a while I realized that it didn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. The rain continued well into the time I usually run out for lunch. Again, not thinking too much about it I got into my car, pulled out of the parking lot and began to make my way downtown for some food. However, I didn’t get too far. As I attempted to turn the corner I saw another car drive down the street that I was planning on turning down. As they drove I saw that the water on the road was a lot deeper than I had initially guessed. The water had risen up to the front end of their car and honestly, I was kind of surprised that the vehicle was able to make it through. All this to say that I ended up turning around, lunchless, and headed back to my office.
This began to make me think. What if I had just tried to forgo my better judgment and drove down that street despite the amount of water? Would my $3 French fries really be worth potentially ruining my car? Probably not. I feel like there is a deeper reality to my lunch crisis. Maybe I am just reading into the situation a little too much, but maybe not.
In life when things start going bad they tend to go really bad. As the old saying goes “when it rains it pours”. Sometimes during these situations we don’t always make the best choices. We are so frustrated or flabbergast by the rain that we don’t always think things through to completion. Sometimes we risk life and limb for $3 French fries that probably aren’t worth it.
Life is difficult and challenging. Choices aren’t always clear. All of this is made even more difficult when the rain of life is pouring down. Ultimately decisions need to be made. Roads need to be driven down. But not always right away. Sometimes it’s okay to turn around and wait for the rain to calm down, for you yourself to calm down, before choosing to go down that road.