The Problem With The Fast Lane

Originally published Wednesday, 02 April 2014.

A mom of 4, a wide-open freeway and a party—ok, well not a party but a kid free weekend with 400 others moms—ok, yeah, that’s a party!

I was cruising, literally, until the flash of blue sirens lit up my minivan.


But not the kind you think.

Officer: "Ma'am do you know why I pulled you over?"

Me: "No officer I do not."

Officer: "You were going to slow.”

Me: “Huh?” I didn't say this part out loud, but I'm sure the look of confusion was very clearly expressed on my face.

“Where are the kids?” he asked, as he eyeballed the empty booster seats that serve as a cover up for the mounds of crumbs, pencils and really hard fruit snacks hiding underneath.

I explained that I was headed out of town, kid free.  

We laughed.

“I'm going to give you a warning,” he said. “If you are going to drive that slow, then you need to switch lanes before you get run over.”

He left me with these final words, "Enjoy your drive and stay to the right."

Do you know what this means?

It means that I was not in a hurry.

It means that I was enjoying the ride.

It means that my destination was irrelevant.  

And my environment could not dictate or determined how I needed to proceed.

Friend, this means that sometimes it is ok to get out of the fast lane. It is actually safer for us.

Do you ever find yourself speeding just to keep up? On a job, amongst friends, or even in your own home?

Scurrying along in your interactions, making hasty decisions and rushing through your moments just because…

Because what?

There are times for speeding up, but today I just want to let you know that when needed it is ok to move over and let others pass you. Sometimes you may need to stop.

It is for your safety.

Be still, and know that I am God”

Psalm 46:10