In our life we have traveled down many winding roads not knowing exactly what lies ahead. Most of these roads were paved, smooth and relatively straight. Then there are the dirt roads, rocky roads, hilly roads, curvy roads and others that are exciting to travel on, but also make you nervous as to just where you will end up and how long it will take you to get there. We have traveled the mountain roads of Western North Carolina for many years and one of those we prefer is the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a beautiful windy road with awesome views, nature at its finest and so relaxing to the mind, body and soul.
My wife and I go up every October and ride the parkway to see the tree foliage change colors, look for waterfalls and spend time in Price Park (one of our favorites). This October we decided to come back down the mountain on highway 221 and man it was a windy, curvy road with great views. We discovered some new waterfalls, rock formations and places to take updated family pictures. Traveling those windy roads is a cleansing for us, it is something that brings us back to nature, God and an enlightenment to our souls.
When Cindy and I met almost thirty years ago, we took a trip to the mountains and I showed her all the places I loved to spend time at on the weekends.. We went to Grandfather Mountain and looked out across God’s landscape and just took it in. We took some awesome pictures that we love to look at to this day. Traveling those windy mountain roads each year takes us back to our younger days when our relationship was young and growing. A time when our relationship was starting, growing and anew.
I titled this one Traveling the Windy Roads with God because he has been with us the whole time. Just as Cindy and I developed our relationship by nurturing and loving each other, God has done the same for all of us. He travels the roads of life with us to make sure we can cross those rough, dirty, dusty, windy, curvy, bumpy and hilly roads in life. He helps guide us in deciding which way to go when we hit a crossroads. Taking those trips and just guessing which to take often leads us to a dead end or somewhere we do not want to be in life.
Our journey in life and with God comes with uncertainty, but we do know that God is with us and he knows our final destination and purpose. Even when we don’t know where we are going, God’s guidance in our direction is taking place on these trips. Seek his mercy, grace and salvation to allow God to take you on a journey you never would have imagined. A trip that has wonderful sights, visions, dreams and beautiful outcomes. Take time to travel through life’s journey and ride with God as your compass, your map and your travel host. Enjoy the ride and live a full life knowing God is in control!
Matthew 3:3, For this is he of whom Isaiah the prophet said, The voice of one crying in the waste land, Make ready the way of the Lord, make his roads straight.
Luke 3:5, Every valley will be filled, and every mountain and hill will be leveled. The crooked ways will be made straight, and the rough roads will be made smooth.
Lord, please be my travel guide. Be my compass and show me the way to a wonderful life filled with vigor, relevance and safe travels. Amen