If you’re reading this today, you are still on your earthly journey; and so am I. Recently, I have seen so many reminders to enjoy this journey, whatever it may be at the moment, as I head toward that ultimate destination – that place of peace where I can finally rest and enjoy life again. You see, I’m not speaking about my final heavenly destination where I know there will be peace. I’m talking about that earthly destination I have conjured up in my own mind. When I get there, I will be free. When I get there, I will be able to help someone else. When I get there, life will be good again. I guess it’s sort of like taking time to smell the roses – now!
Earlier this summer, I got to spend a little weekend getaway at one of my all-time-favorite spots – just far enough away from my issues to clear my mind. It was a treat. As I relaxed by the pool, I watched as preparations were underway for an outdoor wedding under the gazebo. I looked at the path the bride would take to reach her destination. Oh, yes, she would have a much longer-than-normal walk down the aisle; but it was strewn with bits of shade along the way. Would she take time to notice? Probably not. Naturally, she would have her destination in mind.
I liken myself to that bride. Have I seen the bits of shade along my path – like that treat of a relaxing weekend? Did I appreciate spending Mother’s Day with my sons and mother? I treasure the day we celebrated college graduation with my son. I am thankful for companionship. I have noticed the rain during drought and the sun during floods – and, yes, I saw the rainbow. I have seen, and am grateful for, the shade.
I have faced many obstacles in recent years, but one overwhelming mountain tops them all. It has paralyzed me in a way in which it seems there is no way out. But I don’t believe that. I’ve been on a long mending journey, and there is a way. I see the shade, but it is time to reach that destination.