Early this morning I went for a run. With my headphones on I was enjoying the music and the feel of the run when I got a phone call from someone I work with. He wanted me to do something that would be good for my career but wouldn’t bring me peace. I told him I’d think about it and get back to him.As I turned the corner for home a white SUV pulled out from what, in the distance, looked like my street. I thought it might be my husband, heading for work. It would be a great time to run my dilemma by him for advice and support.
I focused on the car’s emblem on the front hood. I couldn’t read it from that far away, but I wanted it to be my husband’s car. I needed to talk through my problem with him before he left for the day.
As the car got closer I could see it wasn’t his car, and as it drove by I smelled cigarette smoke coming from the open window. How could I have mistaken it for my husband’s car? It wasn’t even the right brand of car, plus my husband doesn’t smoke.
I was reminded of how we feel about things from a distance: We want them to be right and from afar… They can look promising.
You’re going to get “the right car,” “the right job,” “the right answer to our prayers.” But as we get closer, we can tell what is real from what isn’t “the right car.”
Sometimes problems need time for us to run towards them, focusing on what we know to “be right.” We need to wait for them to get closer because at some point, we’ll see if it’s right for us, and we’ll smell if the deal is right, or if it smells like smoke.
Focus on what you know to be right, today!