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Are We There Yet?

You have shown me the path to life, and you make me glad by being near to me. Sitting at your right side, I will always be joyful.

Psalm 16:11

Ever feel like things take too long? The destination is still so far away, the switchbacks perilous!  Worst of all, we have to slow way down to maneuver them.

I once made the mistake of taking a ‘shortcut’ through the mountains on a long road trip in Romania. Distance-wise, my destination was closer by traveling that way but with those poor village roads and mountain climbs, needless to say, I made lousy time!

Live and learn.  That is part of what the journey does!

Life throws us a curve now and then, especially long, winding detours. We have all known them. We are still adding things we wish to do, places to go, and longing for more side trips to fill our time. Just when we think we are getting where we want, a setback full of twists and turns crops up to delay the gratification of success.

Goals in life are a never-ending work. One of the things we seldom remember is that the journey is where our life takes place, not just the stops along the way. The struggle makes us that 'live and learn' more.  When we have that wonderful relationship with the living God, and this IS available to one and all in Jesus, we are not alone on those treacherous roads! He is sitting there right beside us as the verse says.

We would like to think a straighter road would be best. Think about it, we would probably drop off to sleep if those were the roads we took! But who knows better? We or our Lord and Master? He does not straighten the path for us but He is there with us as we snake our way toward the goal.

So, when things take too long and you feel another, "Are we there yet?" coming on, I encourage you to turn to your Lord to pass the time and find the fuel within to ‘keep on keeping on’ in faith.

And enjoy the view! And, His company!

photo: Adrian Dascal, drone shot of Romanian serpentine roads at Unsplash 

About author

 A transplanted Texan with more years in Poland than in the USA.
A retired teacher of English as a foreign language, she loves classical music, hiking in nature, reading, and writing.
She is married to her marvelous husband, Adam, and loves their two children, with two rambunctious toddler grandchildren completing the joy of family.
God has given her countless opportunities to see His goodness through the years together with the challenges life has brought. Those lessons are the subject of her writing.Show less

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