ROAD TRIPS! The thought of getting in the car and taking off for a day, or two, or three, or longer… to places known or unknown…leaving behind, for a while, the familiar…to look at beautiful land, sandy beaches, blue oceans with breaking waves, animals in the wild, blue skies filled with fluffy clouds, or small quaint towns.
And then there are the shortcuts or side roads, “Will we?” or, “Won’t we?”
I woke up with the Lord whispering, “Road Trip”, destination Utah. As I laid in bed, He filled my mind with the possibilities of what I would experience…open land scattered with cactus, rugged hills and odd-shaped mountains in the distance and blue skies. I jumped out of bed and started getting ready. Kevin, Luke, and I loaded up the car and we were out the door, earlier than planned!
My spirit soared and praised the Lord! We were on the road and I was experiencing the vision that he gave me when I was in bed. The beauty of the dry country…open land with cactus or lonely wire poles, hills with a low stream at the bottom, blue skies with fluffy clouds, orange mountains with ridges, wind sculpted rocks, and driving on the highway with steep mountain walls on each side of us.
There is beauty in dry places.
“The Lord will always show you where to go and what to do, filling you with refreshment when you are dry, and in a difficult place. He will continually restore strength to you. You will flourish like a well-watered garden, and be like an ever-flowing, trustworthy spring of blessing.”
Isaiah 58:11 (TBT)
The Lord wasn’t finished. He had other things to show me.
Remember I mentioned side roads, earlier in my story. We did choose to take side roads. We were looking for deer and they were eluding us. Kevin found a side road and it led us to a herd of deer with a buck with antlers grazing in the woods. We watched as they took off.
“Through you I ascend to the highest peaks of your glory. To stand in the heavenly places, strong and secure in you.”
Psalms 18:33 (TBT)
Hallelujah! With the Lord, we stand strong in glory with HIm!
All road trips come to an end. On the way home, traffic was crazy. We were not getting very far, so Kevin decided to take the side road/short cut (the kids have fond memories of these). Lately, I am fascinated with open roads or paths that stretch in front of me and disappear in the distance or behind the bend. What will I see when I get to the point where the road disappears? What is behind the bend? More open road, an old train station turned museum, Joshua trees, a car accident, flat top mountains, a dry land, and then the reddish-orange sunset, and home.
That open road signifies the unknown, a journey, new experiences, refreshing. You’ll encounter beauty and sadness, but it’s worth the joy, strength, and revelations that you will receive from the Lord.
Road tripping with Jesus,