Sunday, July 10, 2011

Road Trip

During the summer months, road trips are common place for families everywhere. Roslyn and I recently headed north with our families for our annual family reunion. It's a time that we look forward to every year. We share three days filled with excitement, activities, and tons of food. The aroma of hotdogs, hamburgers, and ribs roasting perfectly on the grill provide the sweetest enticement to temporarily forget about any healthy eating plans.

Typical of summer weather, we encountered horrible storms on the way back home. Despite the fact that gray storm clouds covered the skies , we made a choice to keep driving. It didn't matter that cars were beginning to pull off on the side of the road to avoid driving in the rain, we were determined to press our way.

Every car on the road had the same ability as ours, but not all of them moved forward in that capability.

For those that stopped and pulled off on the side of the road, their storm lasted longer than it needed to. If only they knew that less than a mile up the road, there were rays of sunshine peeking through the clouds and the rain diminished to only a slight drizzle.

When you travel on the highway of life and the storm winds blow, you MUST make a decision. It will most likely be a split second decision because tragedy, crisis or disappointment can come with one call, knock at the door, or doctor's diagnosis.

You can choose to stop in the middle of the storm, seek shelter under an 'overpass', or continue moving forward.

For each of you reading this post, please understand that stopping during the storm will lengthen the journey. You will remain stuck when you don't have to. Seeking shelter under an 'overpass' will stop the rain from falling on your vehicle, but there will be limitations in your movement. The places you can travel are restricted to the depth and width of the covering you select to hide under.

Moving forward is the best option and it is a choice!

With the selection to move forward, there are adjustments that are necessary. You will have to slow down, become more focused and use extreme caution. The Bible tells us to press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

I leave you with a beautiful quote from my favorite poet, Maya Angelou:

God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us-in the dreariest and most dreaded moments-can see a possibility of hope.

Allow your faith to propel you forward. There is a destination to reach and a prize to claim. Don't stop one decision short of receiving it. Yesterday is gone and there is not anything you can do with the choices made in your past, BUT, you can choose today to move forward. (Posted by Renee)

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