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Monday, November 16, 2009

A Road More Traveled

I visited a website last night called Plinky.com where everyday a question is posed to which you can respond with your answer along with the ability to post pictures, add maps, playlists and more.

Some bloggers (ahem), when experiencing writers block, have been known to visit this site to get ideas to blog about.

Well, yesterday’s question was Describe a scary stretch of road you’ve traveled.

That is easy for me. It was a road I have traveled many times before but in 2007 my journey on it was a little different.

That fall, myself and three gal pals decided to book a chalet outside of Gatlinburg, Tennessee for a weekend.

We had a blast.

But getting there was scary.

If you have ever traveled to the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area from Florida you know there's more than one way to get there; over the mountains and through the woods or around them with interstate all the way.

We chose the over the mountains and through the woods route. A road I have traveled many times.

It is 45 minutes filled with the most curves, high altitudes, and the greatest scenic views you could ask for. Our problem was it was around 10pm by the time we began our journey over the mountain and through the woods. That, I was fine with, it was the drizzling rain and blinding fog that had me in knots.

Because I was familiar with this road, I knew there were steep drops just inches from the right side of the pavement, with no railings to keep you from, well, total disaster.

What were we thinking?

I was scared to death but tried to not show it. We literally got to the point where I was driving about 20 miles per hour and Jenny, our front seat passenger/navigator, was helping me look for the reflectors in the middle of the road to help keep me on the road.

A little freaked out. Oh yes I was.

I could not see ahead of me so I had to just trust the few signs of direction I would receive every few inches in the form of those little glorious reflectors glued to the center of the road.

Because we slowed our journey down, kept our cool and focus, we were able to arrive at our destination safe and sound. It took a little longer than expected but that was ok. We were alive and at that point I think that is all we really cared about. Know what I mean Vern? (Some of our younger generation didn’t get that I’m sure. I’m not liking this getting older thing.)

But seriously, I know that not all scary roads are physical roads, your scary road today may just be the road of life filled with many curves and high altitudes. Your journey could be one you have taken before, but this time it's filled with drizzling rain and blinding fog.

My advice is to travel inch by inch, day by day, and prayer by prayer.

Stay centered in Jesus, and His Word, and He will guide your next step and will guard your life.

It may take you a little longer, but I promise you will arrive safe and sound.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Even if He has to use little glorified reflectors!!

  I almost forgot about our give-a-way.  And the winner is.... Desiree Steiner!!! 
It's not too late to take the journey with some really great gal pals.  Click here to see what it's all about.  I promise, this one's not scary at all!!

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