Is Your Life CRAZY?

by Jennifer Boudreau on July 19, 2013

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Grand Central StationWhen I lived in Connecticut I went to a small acting school in New York City. I would go to work for the day, then jump on a train and head in to the City. I would arrive at Grand Central Station smack-dab in the middle of rush hour. Now, Grand Central can be fast-paced in the dead of the afternoon, but during rush-hour….wow! It is so busy it’s unbelievable. I was nervous the first few times I had to navigate my way through the landmark train terminal, but I quickly realized something; you can’t slow down and you certainly can’t stop. If you did, you disrupted the flow of people to the point it was hard to get moving again with the ocean of people surrounding you. You had NO choice but to go with the flow.

There have been certain experiences I’ve unexpectedly found myself reflecting back upon later in life, and Grand Central during rush hour is one of them. Although I now live in the much slower paced Indianapolis area, I find myself thinking of the famous train terminal and applying it to my current life.

All of us have seasons of life that we’re just trying to do our best to get through. Let’s face it, life can get crazy. I remember when I worked in financial services I sat near a guy who was married with two small kids. Both he and his wife worked full-time, so his life has hectic. If one of his kids were sick, he and his wife would stress out about who would leave work early. He was always rushing out at 5:00 to make sure his kids were picked up from day care on time. I, on the other-hand, was just recently married with no kids and didn’t have a care in the world. My co-worker would laugh as other kid-less co-workers and I would talk about our weekend plans. Our lives were so simple compared to his. Although kids are certainly a blessing, he was in Grand Central during rush-hour, and I wasn’t.

There are so many twists and turns that life can throw at us. I don’t know what, if anything, has thrown you into Grand Central during rush hour. Maybe you have four kids under the age of five, or perhaps you’re on the flip side and suffering from fertility issues. Maybe you’re bankrupt or dealing with other money issues. Maybe you are dealing with poor health yourself or the illness of a loved one. Maybe insane work hours are putting a strain on your family life. We will all deal with difficult situations at different points in our life. It’s simply a matter of when.

Whatever your situation is, I do know there is a time where you simply have to count your blessings, then put your head down and push forward. You can’t stop and dwell; instead, remember your strength and ability to persevere is developed in the valleys of life, not the peaks. Trials and tribulations serve a very specific purpose in shaping us in to the people God meant us to be. Just keep pushing, stay faithful and realize there will be a time when things are easier. Simply focus on getting to the other side. Once you reach it, you will be stronger and wiser which is all part of His divine plan.

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