Have you ever been heading down the road in one direction feeling fairly confident that you are on the right track, when suddenly your direction changes? Questions arise in your mind…
Life is funny that way. When I think I’ve got it all figured out and feel confident that I’m tuned in to God’s plan for me…that’s when the direction changes. I’ve seen it happen over and over in my life. Why does it surprise me every time?
Sometimes the road changes to a smoother road; easier to travel on. Surprise! Other times the road seems worn down and more difficult to travel. The ruts seem deeper and I have to slow down. The operative word is ‘seem.’ My perception is that it’s more difficult and I will struggle more now than before. Surprise!
After hitting a huge pot hole and being jarred a bit, the next stretch is smoother. And the view… oh, how the view on this short stretch is breath taking. Well, there’s a surprise!
The road is full of hills – some steep and scary while others are gentle and easy to climb. They make the journey difficult and exciting at the same time. Then there are the straight stretches that seem to go on and on forever with nothing new or different. It’s on those that I tend to fall asleep and lose sight of the journey I am on.
Then I round that corner and the road opens up to magnificent scenery all around me. Eyes open wide, my senses are now more alive than ever. I’m seeing life from a totally new vantage point. Surprise!
Everyone is on a road leading to somewhere. That somewhere we don’t really know. I’d like to think my trip tic is all planned and I’m ready for whatever turn in the road God brings. Nope. Not so much. Two weeks ago I wrote about all the amazing things that I felt God was opening up for me in the months to come. Excited for the challenges He was putting in my path. As I wrote, I had an idea of a few, but felt that stirring in my soul that there was more. The road I was on was smooth (at that moment!) and the scenery was grand!
Hopeful! I was feeling so hopeful! Almost giddy! An emotion I had not felt in some time. Little did I know that just around the bend was a road I’ve never traveled before. A road full of ruts and hills and challenges. A road with amazingly beautiful scenery and then stretches that are long and mundane. A road that is forcing me to keep my eyes forward and not stray.
That giddy, hopeful road I was traveling was changed overnight. I thought I had the trip all planned out… excited for the adventures ahead. Now I’m on a different road… a potentially long road, that at times, feels like that long one with no scenery. The past two weeks have been full of hills and ruts, with some beautiful surprises along the way!
I can’t look back… for we all know that get’s us nowhere. I can’t strain to look too far ahead, for this road does not allow for that! For now, I’m staying in the moment. Keeping my eye on the path in front of me. No matter the road that God has me on, He is traveling it with me. He encourages me along the way – slowing me down… speeding me up…gently steering me around dangerous potholes… surprising me along the way!