linking with Five Minute Friday- write for five minutes on a given prompt
Today the prompt is “journey.”
When I go on a journey, I’m the sort of person who likes to plan. I like to know which route I will take, how long the journey will be, and what I might expect to encounter along the way.
It sounds good in theory, but unfortunately it doesn’t always work out like that.
Last weekend, travelling to my parents’ house, was a journey I was sure of. I had driven there many times and I was confident of the way…until I approached a junction where massive works were being done.
Suddenly I was forced into a different lane, crawling along in a massive queue of traffic for twenty minutes. We were diverted far off the usual road, and at one point travelling on the opposite side of the carriageway from normal.
It was extremely disorientating. I have no sense of direction at the best of times but when everything looks different from normal- you’re on a different road and there are people digging up the road all around you- it’s easy to lose all sense of where you are.
The most scary moment was when I finally reached the junction. The road suddenly branched from one lane into two roads in different directions with no signs to indicate where either road led.
I genuinely had no idea which road to take. Usually I take the middle of three options at that junction but now there were only two! Adding that to my non-existent sense of direction is a recipe for total confusion, and yet I didn’t have time to think- there was a queue of traffic behind me. I had to make my choice.
At first I thought the road to the right was the one I wanted but, just as I was about to commit to it, something made me change my mind and I drove down the road to the left. There were a few anxious moments as I tried to figure out if I had chosen correctly, and great relief when I finally saw a sign that indicated I was on the right road!
Sometimes I feel about life as I did about that journey:
- I think I know where I’m going, only to have everything change around me.
- Something I think will be quick and easy becomes much slower and more difficult than I’d ever have imagined.
- I feel like I’ve completely lost my way.
- I’m confronted with a choice I have to make and I have no idea which is the best option.
- I make a choice and have to just hope that it will turn out okay.
I’m just grateful for the promises that remind me that, no matter how difficult the journey is, I am not alone, and that, even when I am clueless, God knows the way, and promises to direct my steps.
“The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.” (Psalm 121:8)
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”” (Isaiah 30:21)