Wednesday, August 17, 2016

How to handle life's speed bumps - Get Over It!

How to Handle a Speedbump

“Sit down and enjoy the ride,” were the only instructions I was given as I swung my leg over the seat of the “moto” - a term used for motorcycles or mopeds in San Andrés, Colombia. About half way through the ride, the driver of the moto next to me says, “Quit holding, let go!” It’s bad enough that that I am wearing shorts and no helmet, now you want me to let go! You see, the way my life insurance is set up…

I owned a motorcycle in America, but that paled in comparison to riding shotgun on a moped in a foreign country with few restraints.  It was one of the absolute scariest and yet most liberating experiences ever.

As we careened through the streets, motorcycles and mopeds flanked us on every side. It was like a herd of gas-powered cattle running through narrow streets and emitting fumes.

Fast was fun but every once in a while the driver would gradually clutch the left handle. Anticipating the impending hump in the road, he knew it was time to grab the brakes and slow down. The island has scarce stoplights but sufficient speed bumps. 

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NLT)
17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

God never guaranteed easy roads but He did promise to ride with us along the way. Occasionally we encounter moments that are rough and resistant to our pace. It is at these moments that we are forced to make a decision based on our perspective.

Just as the island of San Andrés has more speed bumps than stoplights, so do our lives. Your perspective will determine what happens at the bump in the road.


Greilan riding next to us
Slow down, adjust to the occasion and GET OVER IT.

It's ok to have your moment - just remember that you can GET OVER IT.

You are breathing right now and that is proof that you have survived every one of your absolute worst days. GET OVER IT. You know how to survive and fight again. GET OVER IT. Holding on to what you need to release will only delay your progress.

The interesting thing about life’s speed bumps is that we often see them coming. Why are you acting surprised now that it is here? Here's some help to get over the hump. God has blessed you with strength in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:10), escape from temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13), help in need (Psalm 46:1), and wisdom in lost moments (James 1:5).

I have confidence that you will not only get over this but also

recognize that once you hurdle the obstacle you won’t trip on what’s behind you.