Waiting for the bus

We're all waiting for the bus, but what the bus brings differs for all of us.

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  • Editor's note: This article was originally published on Meg Johnson's blog, Meg Johnson Speaks. It has been republished here with permission.

  • During college, I got an internship working at Walt Disney World in the Magic Kingdom. I worked in Tomorrowland, mostly on the Alien Encounters and Astro Orbitor rides. It was the best job ever!

  • But what wasn't the best was, as any Disney tourist knows, getting to and from the Magic Kingdom. I lived in an apartment that wasn't terribly far away, but it took me almost two hours to get there (or home) on a series of buses.

  • I did everything I could do to shorten the commute. I found that if I could catch the first bus, the next couple of waiting periods were considerably shortened. But if I missed the first bus, the waits were very, very, veeery long.

  • So, when my shift was over, I ran as fast as I possibly could to the dressing room to change out of my costume (all Magic Kingdom employees wear costumes and you can't take them home) and then ran – with lightning speed – to the first bus stop, all the while praying fervently:

  • Heavenly Father, please bless me that I'll make the bus! Bless me that I'll make the bus! Bless me that I'll make the bus …

  • But – almost inevitably – I missed the bus.

  • And I would be so MAD.

  • Heavenly Father, I would chide, Where are You? Aren't You the prayer-answerer? Isn't that what You do? This is Your job!

  • But it was all in vain. For whatever reason, God chose not to answer my prayer the way I wanted Him to. And one of us needed to budge, and it didn't seem like it was going to be Him. So I changed my prayer.

  • That is, however, ALL I changed.

  • I still ran like crazy after work to the locker room and then flew down the hallways to the bus stop, all the while chanting my new prayer:

  • Heavenly Father, please bless me with a good attitude if I miss the bus! Bless me with a good attitude if I miss the bus! Bless me with a good attitude if I miss the bus …

  • And still I missed the bus. (I guess reverse-psychology doesn't work on God).

  • … but I sat on the bus bench smiling. And I realized that LOTS of people missed the bus. And I made a lot of friends.

  • And you know, it's been so many years now, I'm sure that there were times when I actually made the bus, but I don't remember any of those. I only remember the times when I missed the bus. And the friends I made. And the good times I had – all while seated at the bus stop.

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  • I guess God answered this prayer of mine the way He did because He knew I'd "miss the bus" often in my life. There seem to be a lot of buses to miss.

  • I missed the walking bus. I missed the dancing bus. I missed the high-heel bus. Others miss the healthy bus, the money bus, the marriage bus …

  • And we're left to sit waiting on the bus bench. Wondering why we've been singled out.

  • But when God answers our prayers by not letting us on the bus, maybe it's time to stop asking for a change of seat and start asking for a change of heart. Because when we do, we'll see just how wonderfully unforgettable the bus stops of life can be.

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Meg Johnson is a wife, mom, friend, writer, and speaker. She was paralyzed in 2004 and shares her motto with people of all abilities: When life gets too hard to stand, just keep on rollin’!

Website: http://www.MegJohnsonSpeaks.com

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