Day 13 – “Rough Road Ahead” – Part 1

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We cannot partner with G-d in the healing of the world, if we are not experiencing healing and wholeness ourselves.  Indeed, personal change precedes reconciliation with others.  The work of healing the world begins with doing the hard work first on ourselves AND the daily sounding of the shofar during the days leading up to the High Holy Days is a reminder of this crucial reality.

We are all prone to messing up – it’s the human way.  We just don’t get it right all of the time.  Sometimes our mess ups are due to ignorance, sometimes stupidity – as we ignore the signs around us and other times due to straight up rebellion.   G-d has given us specific directions regarding how to live.    Are we paying attention to the signs all along the road of our lives or are we convinced that our way is the right way even when the facts contradict us?

Several years ago, the girls and I took a road trip to Sacramento.  On the way home, we planned to stop in Oxnard and have dinner with some friends.  As I traveled down I-5, I began to wonder if there was a “faster” way to my destination.  The small towns running parallel with the highway seemed to offer possibilities of a “secret passage way” through the mountains if I was up for the adventure.  I took out my map and could see that there was a highway that would lead me through the mountains to Hwy 101.  Cool!  With a full tank of gas and full tummies, I ventured onto the scenic roads less traveled.

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All was going great.  I followed the directions on the map and we were making progress – we would make it to Oxnard in about 60-90 minutes.  It was about three o’clock in the afternoon when we reached the “highway” that would lead us to the “promised land.”  What I wasn’t prepared for was the sign at the entrance of the road leading to State Highway 33.  Take a look.

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Now what would you have done, if you had seen this sign – Rough Road Ahead?  Remember, according to the map, we are half way to our destination.  Less than a couple of hours away are the sandy beaches, the hotel, our good friends and the beautiful Southern California sunset.

Isaiah 53:6 NLT| All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own.

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