Twelve Parisian streets converge at an intersection called La Place Charles de Gaulle. The twelve avenues feed into the ten-lane traffic circle that surrounds the Arc de Triomphe. The American version of this intersection is a roundabout or rotary.
From the top of the Eiffel Tower, tourists marvel at the star pattern formed by the meeting of these streets. At night, the city lights and the speeding cars light up this intersection known as L’etoile.
All day and most of the night, cars raced around the circle, crossing multiple lanes at unbelievable speed in an attempt to exit on the desired avenue. Sometimes, it was necessary for our family to drive round and round and round L’etoile wondering if we would ever be able to exit.
Just when we thought we saw a break in traffic that would let us turn on to the street we wanted, a small voice (you know who you are) from the back seat of our Peugeot would shout, “One more time Dad! Go around one more time!.”
It was as if we were going the right direction and the wrong direction all at the same time.
At times, my life feels like a roundabout- as if I am going the right direction and the wrong direction all at the same time.
Like everyone else, I work hard, love my family and I try to do what is right and to be helpful to other people. However, I cannot seem to get where I want to go.
Maybe what I need is a “turning point” instead of a roundabout. I need to find a safe place where I can pull off the road for a bit, check the map and choose a new direction.
I am so ready to slow down and do the things that are most important. I want to quiet my soul before the Lord and enjoy Him. I want to go for a walk with my husband by Lake Michigan. I want to pray for families, friends, our church, our country.
No matter how much fun it is to race around one more time, I am ready to let go of the busyness that makes my life a roundabout.
What about you? Do you ever feel as if you are going the right direction and the wrong direction all at the same time? How are you going to exit this roundabout?