Normally it wouldn’t have bothered me much. For some reason on this particular day, it did. Like a one-eyed monster, the car behind me with its high beams on was obnoxious, to say the least. I don’t know if it was because I hadn’t had my morning coffee yet, or because he was so close, but the crooked glaring light poking at my attitude through my rear view mirror was beginning to wear on me. Ironically, I was on my way to pray when it happened.
I’m not sure how it works for you, but for me, the pattern is quite predictable. It seems like distractions and annoying things always appear at times when I’m heading toward life’s important stuff. On this particular day, it certainly was the case. When the thought finally occurred to me to reach up and flip my rear view mirror so that the light was no longer shining directly in my eyes, I had no idea how God was getting ready to speak to me. The relief I experienced as the glaring light took a back seat made God’s words all the more powerful.
“I want you to learn how to do that in other areas of your life as well”, He said matter-of-factly. The “That” He was referring to was clear. The little flip of the mirror was the lesson He wanted me to learn. Once I considered how that practice translated to the other areas of my life, a wonderful freedom began flooding my soul.
Now those of you who have ever had a car pull up behind you with their high beams on, and have known to flip that little tab on the review mirror, you know just what I’m talking about. Somehow, you can still see the vehicle behind you, but its glaring lights are no longer in your face. It’s really a neat invention. The fact that the same principle works in other areas of our lives is even more amazing. When we don’t utilize such a wonderful provision we often end up letting other things dictate the attitude with which we are driving—I’m talking spiritually of course.
I once heard it said that fifty percent of all leadership is knowing what to ignore. I have to agree. Though learning to flip the mirror on life’s annoying things is not the same as completely ignoring them, the basic result is still the same. When I learn to flip my God-given mirror, I’m free to move forward without being overly distracted from my vision and mission in life.
I have to tell you, on the day God spoke this truth to me, my time of prayer went to a whole new level. From one situation to the next, I found myself flipping mirrors and getting my eyes back where they belonged. As a side note, when we employ this truth, the subtle irritations that often barge into our lives find themselves in the back seat where they belong. All that said, I’m just glad that I don’t have to live at the mercy of every bright light that tends to pull me backwards and not forward.