At Silverwood Theme Park last week there was a little kids roller coaster called the Tiny Toot Train. As you exit, there are two choices – right out of the treehouse or left down a normal sidewalk. Of course, my girls chose to go right and navigate through the cute little treehouse. Being the good mother that I am, I hopped along with them. As we went over the suspended bridge, I stepped up to the platform and hit my head against the ceiling. It was one of those hits that goes from the top of your head down to the middle of your back and stops you in your tracks. I grumbled at the child size exit and went on about my day.
Later we returned for a second ride on the Tiny Toot Train. Being the good mother that I am, I hopped along with them when faced with the same choice. Want to know what I did this time? As we went over the suspended bridge, I stepped up to the platform and hit my head against the ceiling. Again. And again, the pain shot through my body. I had to laugh at my own stupidity. How did I not learn this lesson the first time?
Later on we returned to the Tiny Toot Train for our final ride. When faced with the same choice for the third time, I am proud to say that I went left. I calmly walked down the sidewalk, met my kids at the treehouse exit and they jumped into my waiting arms!
Sometimes in life you just gotta go a different way. You are more than welcome to hit your head against the same obstacles if you’d like, but I guarantee that God is providing you an alternate route that requires far fewer visits to the chiropractor.
For instance, earlier this year we decided to give it a shot for another campus to help alleviate our packed service space. Everywhere we turned we just hit our heads. Some would say to hit it harder, but wisdom said, “There’s another way.” We looked around and Saturday nights were there waiting for us. And it has temporarily solved our problem and has actually created growth in our current numbers already in the last four weeks. And it was fairly painless!
Will we try the route of a second campus again someday? Yes. Absolutely. And in God’s perfect timing, it might work that time. But if it doesn’t…I guarantee you this…there’s another way.