Straight roads and smooth sailing

wpid-20131118_150228.jpgAs I was driving to pick my son up from school, I passed this road. I pass this particular road every day multiple times; somehow it caught my attention today. So I took it.

Roads we travel may vary with our season in life. There are seasons of life when we wander down roads that are twisted…the roads that I jokingly tell my kids are the roads the snake made. These roads may be covered with debris at times, be lined with thick brush, be dark and unfamiliar. Then there are seasons when the roads we travel are filled with new life, blooms and vibrant colors. The scenery is beautiful and the sun provides warmth as it beams through the trees. There are roads we have taken before with more familiar terrain as a result of prior travel. These are the roads that we can help others navigate. And there are still other roads with unexpected dangers and uncertainties.

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What is in that tunnel and where does it lead? How will I know my way through? I have GPS, but what if I lose the satellite connection?

That’s the awesome thing about God’s Positioning System. While we may be searching, He always knows where we are.

In the curves and uncertain places, we tend to rely on God heavily. Yet, when the road straightens out we exhale and run the risk of falling asleep at the wheel if we put ourselves on cruise control.

I am on a straight road right now. The hills and valleys are behind me for now. I have been taking time to reflect a bit…processing some of the roads I have just taken. Looking through photo albums in my mind of those travels and thanking God for safe passage. Our pace as a family has slowed and we have been enjoying that lull in the action. I feel that as a family, we have hit a comfortable stride with balance and plenty of opportunities for service, growth, recreation and rest. (Sure, some of it may be due to illness…but, it’s rest- right?)The kids are playing well (together!) and hubby and I are having more quality time.  I am certain that the Bible study I have been wandering through, which centers around slowing my pace and resting in the Lord, has had a tremendous impact. While I am consistent with my morning quiet time, am following two different Bible studies, revel in the engaging discussions we have in small groups on Sunday morning and Tuesday night, and still have my eyes open looking for blessings…I feel like I could easily slip on to cruise control. If I do… I am afraid I will miss the next turn.

You see. When things are going great…or even when things are just quiet, we may not actively seek the Lord with our whole heart. We may not be clinging to him as tight or gripping the wheel as we navigate through life’s roads. Maybe we’ve turned off the GPS altogether. Have I been blogging less because God is not showing Himself? Or because I have been on cruise control and have not been paying attention. The later is probably the unfortunate reality.

com·pla·cent

adjective \kəm-ˈplā-sənt\   

: satisfied with how things are and not wanting to change them

:  marked by self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies

On this straight road, I need to be looking out for others. Have I missed an opportunity to help a stranded motorist on this narrow, straight road?  I need to be more diligent about seeking out and sharing my blessings. I need to really dig in when it comes to Bible study with our kids and teach them to serve others. While it is OK to enjoy this straight road and smooth sailing- I also need to use it as a time to prepare and grow before the next curve in the road presents itself.

How can I serve? Who can I serve? Don’t “cruise” out of control…that’s a dangerous road to tread. Use the straightaways to gain momentum and bless the Lord at all times.

I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

Psalm 34:1-3

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