And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.
Exodus 13:21 NKJV
Last week I endured enjoyed a “road trip” with my oldest who is now safely deposited in Iowa. This week, I’ll drive to sunny Orlando to get the second born tucked away as well. Racking up the miles, I recognized similarities between life and various portions of my “road trip.”
Driving I-75 to Nashville, the mountains of Tennessee reminded me that we all have ups and downs. Sometimes the journey is perilous. Often, roads are winding and we can’t see what’s around the next bend. There may be times where there is no exit when you need one. We may be forced to maneuver, white knuckled and all, around two-ton hazards and pray for the best.
Moving on to St. Louis demonstrated there is always the other side to the hardest part of any journey. Life eventually evens out. We may face inclement weather and unexpected delays. Still, if we plod along, we make it through our storms and find our dark clouds behind us.
Finally, riding along US-61 we came upon blue skies and bright clouds. The sky was picturesque as Cam and I rode through lush farmlands and took in vistas unlike any other.
We don’t always know what awaits us at the end of our journey, still, we will never find out unless we have faith enough to continue.
We may experience fender benders or catastrophic collisions. We can become blindsided through no fault of our own.
I pondered all of this after I was safely home watching the clouds go by.
The ups and downs, twists and turns, hazards and detours forced me to concede life isn’t always easily navigated.
“You can’t move forward if you keep looking back.” I heard deep inside.
I’ve been looking back alot these past months, reflecting and pondering “could haves” and “should haves.”
Analysis paralysis, holding me captive.
I’ve traveled thousands of miles these past few weeks but not really moving forward.
It’s time to get moving again.
What about you?
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12-14 NKJV