Feb 22, 2013

Bumps & Surprises On The Road of Life

Do you like surprises? 
I do.

The Road of Life--
Is filled with
Surprises and treasures--
We never know what lies ahead.
Hubby and I love to explore and
As you can see I snap pics of roads
Especially rugged, remote, winding ones--
Because there's always
A surprise around the next curve.

The same with life.
Sometimes the surprises are
Simple or
Delightful like
Illusive wild animals.

How exciting to view God's extraordinary creation.

These are just a few of the treasures we've found
While trekking the heights or desolate regions.

  Now I understand why Henry David Thoreau went to Walden's Pond.

Later he wrote:
" I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, 
to front only the essential facts of life,
 and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, 
and not, 
when I came to die, 
discover that I had not lived."
Other times we rounded a curve and
Were startled or 
That's how life is too.

The bumpy road above is located in remote
Gold mining country
Where miners rushed to seek treasures
During the 1800's.
We bumped over the rugged terrain
As I thought of women and men
Who were there long ago.

We were having a great time.
Suddenly we rounded a curve on a very 
Narrow road with a steep drop-off.
And there in the middle of the road 
Was a huge washout
With only a sliver of road left but
Not enough for a car.
I was terrified because
There wasn't time to hit the brakes.
Thankfully I'm married to a quick thinker and
Instantly he gunned the car and
Climbed the embankment with our SUV.

He pumped the gas and our adrenalin raced as
We flew across the washed out road,
Bounced down onto solid road and
With hearts pounding
Drove away to safety.

 The road above was a super highway 
compared to the other road
 And yet there were surprises ahead.
At one point in a very secluded spot
We both had an overwhelming
Sense of danger--
And we shivered as
We zoomed away.

Trekking through God's amazing wonders
Is like traveling the road of life.

But like life,
Amidst the deliciously delightful times
There are also negatives along the way.

 Sometimes there are dangerous curves.

Other times uncertainties and


Sometimes long, lonely stretches.

 Or dim and shadowy.

 Sometimes scary and painful--

There are always brighter roads ahead.

 And no matter where we travel
Whether a peaceful, painful or scary road--
We're never alone.

TV personality Robin Roberts affirmed that truth.
Here's what she said the day
Before entering an excruciating path:

"There’s a quote that really resonates with me when I think about this time in my life. 

‘Life provides losses and heartbreak for all of us. 
But the greatest tragedy is to have the experience and miss the meaning.’ 
I am determined not to miss that meaning, 
because through it I have discovered 
I have been given many gifts, 
gifts that will carry me through this difficult time."

Yesterday I saw Robin Roberts interviewed

After her horrifically painful year
And amidst tears and smiles she said:

"God is good all the time.

All the time
God is good."

Thank you Robin for that treasured reminder:
No matter where the road of life takes us--
We are never 

 May you enjoy the journey!