Have you ever said that? Let’s walk just a little higher, a little further; let’s go around one more bend.
I did that last week. My husband Kent and I spent a few days with our lifelong friends, Allen and Teresa, in the mountains of North Carolina. It was breath-taking!! And a lot of fun.
Tuesday afternoon we all jumped in the truck and headed up the mountain to find a couple houses the guys saw from the golf course. I was pumped. I’ve traveled a lot over the course of my life and one thing I always wanted to do was get off the beaten path and find houses that were tucked at the top of a mountain. You could barely see them from the highway which made it all the more mysterious to me. I want to see how they get up there and most of all, I’d love to see their view.
So when Allen said “let’s go” I was all in!! As we started the drive climb, I was like a little kid looking out every window and leaning over on Teresa to get a better look. Teresa, on the other hand, was a little reluctant. “These roads are getting narrow.” Kent was worse: he hates heights! I saw him grab the door a few times as we rounded yet another corner. The view took my breath away – I would’ve been totally ok if he pulled into a driveway and asked if we could see their view and get a few pics. Teresa nervously sighed, “please don’t encourage him.”
We rounded one more curve heading up the mountain and about 100 feet ahead of us was a private closed gate. I guess they wouldn’t take too kindly if we got out and asked them if we could see their view.
We were stuck with very little room to wiggle let alone turn Allen’s huge truck around. Maybe we should’ve listened to Teresa!
A three point turn wasn’t gonna do it. Allen put the truck in reverse, turned the wheel and backed up a couple feet, then threw it in drive and continued to maneuver the truck inch by inch trying not to drive it over the cliff as he turned it around.
We were almost there – just one more maneuver and we’d be headed down the hill, ON THE ROAD. The truck was in drive, Allen’s foot on the brake and it inched forward toward the cliff. We all held our breath. For a second my heart stopped. Kent broke the silence, “Hey Bud, can you back it up one more time, please.”
A sigh of relief, a “I told you so” and a lot of “thank you Jesus” was going on in the truck as we headed down the hill.
I woke up the next morning thinking about our adventure and how it could’ve gone so wrong. We took one too many risks. It’s a lot like life.
Traveling down the road of life, doing our thing, checking out the cool stuff around us and wondering what greater thing might be around the corner…..we’re moving and grooving unaware of the danger that’s right around the next bend.
Hebrews 12:2 is a great reminder to, “Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.”
Fix your eyes on Him. Follow His lead. He knows what’s coming around the next bend.
John 10:10 – I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
He promises us life – abundant life. He tells us it’s more than we can ever imagine. But the problem is too often we don’t want to stop what we’re doing and turn around. We want to keep climbing….until we’re stuck – a cliff in front of us and strategic maneuvers to get us in the right direction.
We need to pause from time to time, listen to that still small voice, cast our eyes on Him and ask Him to turn us in the right direction.
Psalms 143:8, Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
Where are you today?
Are you headed in the right direction?
Are you following His lead?
Life is too short not to follow His lead!!
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”