Day 14 – “Rough Road Ahead” – Part 2
I was somewhat surprised at the responses from the poll. The majority of you said you would “Forge Ahead.” A few of you said, you would “pray” and one person said they would never have taken the road less travelled. I actually thought the vast majority would avoid the road altogether. So thank you for your responses, I now know that my choice was a “very human one.” (lol) But there is a message in this. Let’s take another look at this sign – ROUGH ROAD AHEAD.
Originally, when we first encountered this sign it was in pristine condition. A couple of years ago, we drove up again and this was the condition it was in. It looked as though someone had unleashed their fury on its face – which I could understand BECAUSE ROUGH ROAD AHEAD – really meant ROUGH ROAD AHEAD.
The wide opening narrowed to a one lane road – spiraling downhill. There was no room for changing your mind unless you wanted to experience the rush of falling off of a cliff and careening into the abyss below. The die had been cast and there was no turning back. When we finally reached the bottom, we found ourselves in a wide open desert like valley – surrounded by mountains. There were no sounds or signs of life. It was as though the animals were even whispering “Go Back, Go Back.”
Olivia and I sat terrified in the cockpit as the Dodge Caravan slowly crawled over the rocky terrain. There was evidence of off-roading activity in the distance past but the minivan was not up for the challenge. And as you guessed it, no cell phone reception. We were truly in the middle of nowhere and all I could do was persist on this road that now seemed to lead to nowhere with my only guide – the van’s built in pre-GPS compass pointing west.
I began considering what a horrible predicament I had placed my family in and began to repent. “Lord, I am so sorry… please don’t let my children suffer from my stupid decision. Why didn’t I believe the sign? It said Rough Road Ahead. I apologized to Olivia and we prayed for G-d to guide us out of this apparent land of the lost. I “vowed never” to do this again. The only two experiencing perfect peace were the little ones sleeping soundly in their car seats, seeming to enjoy the continuous swaying and rocking as if they were back in the womb.
What was supposed to be two hours at the most became a six hour voyage into the night – the sun long gone with the light of the moon now our celestial flashlight. We finally came across a woman driving in the opposite direction. She informed us that we were on an Indian reservation and that Highway 33 was another eight miles west. Gratefully we made it back to civilization but not before nearly hitting a deer and a coyote.
What are the rough roads ahead for you? A relationship others have said is not good for you? The ambition for work that maybe separating you from G-d and those you love? The piece of your heart that you still haven’t quite surrendered to the L-rd? Selfishness, envy, laziness, lack of self-control? We all have our paths that have been ordained – some of the rough roads are “G-d ordained” a part of His training and character development. Some of the rough roads are a result of our rebellion. We just don’t believe “RRA (Rough Road Ahead)” applies to us.
Regardless of the reason, you may be on the rough road – G-d always has a plan for bringing us to that place where we come face to face with our Creator and nakedly with ourselves.
The shofar is sounding! Are you up for the ride?
Proverbs 3:11-12 (Amplified Bible)|
11My son, do not despise or shrink from the chastening of the Lord [His correction by punishment or by subjection to suffering or trial]; neither be weary of or impatient about or loathe or abhor His reproof, 12For whom the Lord loves He corrects, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.