By Nichole Deakins
We travel on roads--some well worn, some less traveled.
Every road we travel presents us with multiple choices along the way. Naturally, consequences and lessons follow. The decision may be as simple as where to go to lunch or it can be large enough to change the trajectory of our lives. Paved roads, dirt roads, and trails lead us to places, but there are also the spiritual highways that blaze a road in our hearts, in our minds, and within our souls. Each of us are on a journey filled with roads that lead us somewhere.Sometimes we know where we are going and other times we don't. On some roads we take people with us and enjoy their company. On other roads, we may leave others behind.
We will encounter unexpected detours, and it isn't quite what we had in mind. Definitely not what we dreamed of, and we wonder how we even got here in the first place.
Sometimes the road is long and seemingly never ending. It would be nice to park for a bit, but rest is hard to find. This road requires an extra dose of endurance and a hope in Someone Greater, who can make sense of it.
At times, road construction slows us down. It's painful to wait. We know where we want to go, and we are ready to get there. However, we have to submit to the One holding the stop sign. Will we sit and complain about the kink in our plans? Or figure out another route of our own to get around the standstill? Or can we wait patiently for permission to move on?
What about dead ends? Some roads seem to lead nowhere, but perhaps nowhere means now-here!
Instead of dead, the end can be the start of a new beginning. It can be difficult to see the purpose of a road that ends. We simply know we traveled the best we could but still feel as if we failed or missed our turn. At some point it's time to turn around and head back the way we came, but this time we travel on the other side of the road with a more experienced view of the scenery due to lessons learned.
Is life really about destinations? Maybe we’ve been looking at life all wrong - with an end in mind. Finding our place in this world. Proving we’ve made it.
Perhaps the "somewhere" is right in front of us now. The “somewhere” is not where we arrive, but what we are becoming in the midst of the journey. It's the way we adapt to the new roads life presents us even though they feel very foreign to us. The steadfastness on long never-ending highways, teaching us another lesson of patience and trusting His firm foundation.
Every road invites us to experience the full capacity of our lives. The road may be long, tiring, foreign, or rough with lots of pot-holes. Perhaps a stop at the gas station is needed. The roads vary. We travel alone or intersect with others at times, but still a road is before us.
The question is: are we giving the road we’re on today permission to grow us and change us for the better, allowing the purpose of the travel to do its thing? Or are we the child continually hollering out, "Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” and missing God’s signs along the way to guide us, mold us, and remind us that He is there with us on our travels?
God will use every road we travel for our good and His glory.
“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”
(Proverbs 16:9 NLT)