Navigating Life Is Like An Ozarks Road

Started my morning off making a ginormous cup of Joe and trying to finish this book I’ve been reading. It’s book numero uno for this year. I hope to read at least another 30 books this year. Not sure I’ll accomplish that task but I’m gonna go for it! I also enjoy Audible books since I we travel quite a bit and I’m usually driving.

The book I’m finishing is “All The Places To Go” by John Ortberg. It’s a pretty killer book that I’ve really enjoyed reading. Some “faith based” books tend to bore me but his humor is right up my alley. That made for an easier read. He mentioned something in his book this morning that just made sense to me and I felt like sharing. He says, “There’s an old saying for travelers. A car’s headlights only shine for fifteen feet, but that fifteen feet will get you all the way home”. Here’s my take with my own flavor.

If we stand on one end of the runway, we can see the other end. The airstrip is flat and straight. We call that smooth sailing. In life, that’s not likely. Life is not smooth sailing. Life is more like an unknown curvy road traveled at night in the Ozarks of Southwest Missouri. Thin, highway 125 if you’re a local. You have to watch your speed, pay attention to deer and other animals, watch for loose gravel, watch the hills and turns. If it’s wet outside, we need to really dial it in. If your vehicle’s tires aren’t up to snuff you’d had better watch your speed. That’s life. Now, I could travel these roads without headlights cause I know most of them by heart. I know where the twists and turns are. The funny thing is we can only see a short distance in front of us; say 50 feet. It’s not a runway. We travel by blind faith, for the most part, because we have very little illumination to help us. We can’t see the destination. We simply follow the light or the road lit up by our headlights. That’s life and that is faith. We have faith in what we see and it’s not much.

I like to tell folks that we can’t see what’s on the other side of the mountain. I assure you it is awesome!!! However, we have to traverse and climb the mountain between us and the other side. We climb and walk in faith. It’s not easy but it’s doable. Life is going to have it’s ups and downs, twists and turns. There is light, however, to help us as we go our way. For me, that light is good ole Jesus. For others, that light may be something else. To each their own. Regardless, maintaining faith and not being naive to think a deer won’t jump out in front of you could be detrimental to your travels in life. Be cautious, stay on the road and make wise decisions. Don’t rush through life or you may run off the road. Take your time. Enjoy the scenery and take it all in. Who knows, someone may ask you to help them navigate their road in life someday.

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