7.23.2014

Wednesdays for women


to inspire and encourage

A friend shared this and I asked if I could post it :) 

I went for a walk around the block yesterday. It turned out to be a very long walk. I didn’t mean for it to be such a long walk but my little jaunt around the block turned out to be a 10.5 km trek. My roommate had warned me that a walk around the block in rural PEI can be very very long. Of course I only remembered his warning half way through my ordeal and I had a sardonic chuckle as I pondered why is it we only remember warnings when we are in the middle of our dilemma?
Besides ignoring the warning I didn’t bother to look at a map of my area. I had a general idea of the lay of the land and was confident I knew what I was doing. I also went by my experience in walking city blocks which, I discovered, are no match for rural PEI.
It started out a lovely walk, another beautiful sunny day and I was thoroughly enjoying myself. There was one problem thought; I had brought a bottle of water which I sipped on as I wandered these rural roads, and as my bladder filled I began to feel great pressure which I was unable to relieve. My walk became less pleasant as the pressure increased and it was about then that I remembered my roommates warning. Needless to say I was very anxious to arrive back at my humble abode which seemed to take an eternity as I trekked long country roads and even traversing along the highway.  I could hardly think of anything else except relieving that pressure and my focus was on getting home. Then I saw it! The sign for my road! Oh joy, relief was coming soon! I walked up my precious road as fast as my bursting bladder would allow,  I turned into the driveway, went through the door, and determined to not be distracted by my roommates, said a quick hello and marched straight  up the stairs to my room. Relief!
Later I decided to google map the block  I walked and when I zoomed in on the “little” block I shook my head in amazement. If I had checked before heading out I would not have went that route, and certainly not with a bottle of water!
The Bible is often referred to as a road map leading to heaven. If we follow its teachings we will arrive there safe and sound. However, often is the case that we only have a general idea of how to get to heaven and we neglect to take a closer look, thinking we have things all under control. Sometimes it’s not till the pressures of life bear down on us that we will take a closer look and if we are honest with ourselves we realize we didn’t have heaven’s road map all wrapped up like we thought. We realize we have strayed off the path. We realize we’ve been detoured by our own concepts and perceptions, by our own lack of knowledge and wisdom.

Life is a journey and if we want to keep on the right path we need to zoom in on God’s word. Walking in the ways of God is not the same as walking in the ways of this world. His ways are far above our ways and go against our carnal nature. Sometimes God will put up a roadblock when we are heading down a wrong path. We need to heed that roadblock and check our road-map to see where it is we have veered and where it is we need to go. The pressures of life can distract us and lead us astray but if we keep our focus on the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life we will be okay. Stick to the Word of God. Let it be a Lamp to your feet and a light to your path.

10 comments

  1. Interesting comparison! And congratulations on navigating (and surviving) that long walk. :)

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  2. Lovely! I liked the comparison that you have made. Really interesting :)

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  3. You raise interesting questions, Terri. Should we journey through life with a map or just follow our instincts? Is God's word and direction, something like travelling with a GPS ... directs you and when you get lost, you hear "recalculating"? I am NOT trying to be humorous, not in the least. I am trying to get a better understanding of your analog and the belief in God you express. Thank you for sharing. It always warms my heart when people feel so strongly about their belief. HUGS <3

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  4. This is astonishing! Thanks for sharing that lovely story of your day (well yesterday). Makes me want to go on long walks myself. :)

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  5. reminds m me...I could definitely use a long walk to clear my mind. I totally agree, life is definitely a journey. I myself am starting a new journey in life.

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  6. Very good comparison. Life is definitely a journey and one you should walk with joy but caution. Read the signs along the way.

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  7. That is a great comparison and maybe you just were meant to go that route. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story.

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  8. I agree that life sure is a journey. And you can't always stop to make a pitstop.

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  9. What a great way to lead into the story! I loved the comparison; very accurate.

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  10. We do need to slow down sometimes. Looks like you understand that.

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