Perspective. That’s what I learned from a giant rock chip in my car windshield.
I just replaced it too. Then ‘CRACK’ a giant rock comes flying directly toward the windshield and put’s a quarter size crack directly in my view.
It was already a hard week with moving and thing’s not going to plan. That rock was the icing on the cake. All the tears I’d been holding back gushed forth like raging waterfall. The kids in the back seat went silent wondering if their mama was alright.
Little did they know this melt down had nothing to do with them and everything to do with what was out of control in my life.
The rock chip symbolize everything what was breaking down around me.
“Haven’t we been through enough God? Now you have to break my windshield?” I couldn’t understand it.
Every time I got in the car – that crack and I had a stare down. I couldn’t do a thing about it. I mean sure I could replace it, but the $200 needed was spent moving our family for the second time in the span of just five months.
I was tired, I was stressed and the last thing I wanted was something that was perfectly fine, to break.
A wrinkle in time
With tear’s still streaming down my face I felt God remind me of something… “Lesly, this is only a season, this isn’t how thing’s are going to end and this isn’t how it’s always going to be. This is just a wrinkle in time.”
It was calming to hear but at the same time I had to asked, “Lord, why is everything breaking down around us? You asked us to take this step with you and it’s been anything but easy.”
It’s true, it was a difficult time but in the difficulty there was many blessings. As I looked back I could count one right after the other of God displaying His love, care and provision for us.
I’d lost sight of the blessings by focusing, instead, on all the thing’s that were going wrong.
That rock chip symbolized brokenness. If I was going to have to live with it for a while… I needed to change my perspective.
I decided to view the windshield as a shield. God protecting me from the many thing’s life throws our way.
But you, O Lord are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. – Psalms 3:3
If that windshield wasn’t there, that rock it would have seriously injured me, or worse.
I don’t know exactly what God is up to in my life, or yours, but I know if we look closely, we can see His protection and love surrounding us.
Something I know about myself is my ability to make a small problem something big by focusing on it… or staring at it.
But a problem can also be an opportunity. Even a blessing in disguise. A way to redirect our paths, to help us see the truth of the matter instead of just the brokenness and mistakes.
There is beauty all around us – can you see it? Can we look past our issues (past the crack in the windshield) to see a world around us?
That rock chip now serves as reminder of God’s protection, and how I shouldn’t let something as small as a rock chip ruin everything. I don’t want to allow small problems to block my way forward.
The windshield will get replaced and be as good as new someday. Though I don’t know if I’ll ever look at a rock chip the same way again.