are we there yet?

Pam’s Journey – Day 75

Miles walked: 207

Miles remaining: 793

Days remaining: 291

ROADTRIP!!! I’m leaving for vacation on Friday and we’re driving to South Padre Island, Texas. I’m doing Christmas in Padre this year. Riding shotgun with me is my mom, and my daughter will probably be sleeping away in the backseat. Following us is my oldest and dearest best friend, Ramona, and her family. We are going to spend a week on the beach, doing as much of nothing as we can bear to do.  There might be some deep-sea fishing, shrimp eating, shopping, and possibly horseback riding on the beach crammed into my week of nothingness but there is NO plan. That’s very hard for me to say because I am such a planner!

I met Ramona on my first day of first grade in Mrs. Walsh’s class. She was one of the girls assigned by Mrs. Walsh to show me around and teach me the rules. I believe it was the following week that I got swats for chewing gum in class.. I think we missed that rule. Ramona was there all through grade school. She always seemed to be in a cast or sling for the broken bones she had growing up. She was there through Jr High school, when I seemed to be on crutches so often for trying to play basketball on my weak ankles. She was still there in High School, riding shotgun and cruising Van Buren in my 68′ Mustang with me. I’ve known her longer than anyone besides family so she is super special to me.

This vacation is a treat because I haven’t been able to spend much time with Ramona in years. We lost touch for a while after high school. I moved out of Enid and didn’t see her until our 10 year reunion. We didn’t see each other again until I moved back to Enid and was going through my divorce. It was kind of hit and miss for a few years.. we’d see each other, call, or email and then the miracle of Facebook happened and it’s been much easier to stay in touch. So, here we are.. fixin to be on the road to a much over due vacation.

I’ve done this trip several times with my mom and Taelor. My dear friend, Tony, came a few times, my dad has been maybe twice, we brought my niece one year, a friend from work came once, and Taelor brought her friend Kelsey a few years ago. It’s about 12-13 hours from OKC but the drive down doesn’t seem so long. This trip is how Taelor learned to read a map because I never allowed “that question” to be asked… “are we there yet?” The first time she said it, I handed her an atlas (that’s a big paper book full of state and city maps of the entire United States, for those of you that have gotten sucked into the smartphone GPS syndrome!) and showed her where we were and then she counted each town we went through to see how close we were getting to our destination. I let her ask “have we went through Kingsville yet?” or “how much further to Harlingen?” and then she would try to measure on the map with her little fingers just like I used to do.

Sometimes I long for that ability.. to pull out a map and measure with my fingers to see if I’m on the right road and how much further it is. Have I made the right turns? Am I taking the fast track or the scenic route? Is this highway even on the map? Will there be detours? Is my final destination the one that God has mapped out for me? I could sure use that map!

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” ~ Matthew 7:13-14 NIV

He tells us that it may not be the easiest road, or the most obvious road, but to find the narrow road and stay on it… for it leads to life. I would have to say that I’ve lived a pretty safe life. Not a big risk-taker, not a high-roller.. just living a nice, quiet, safe life. I’m not saying that it’s all been easy and I haven’t had some troubles or that I haven’t worked hard to be where I am. I didn’t “plan” on getting divorced or being a single parent. But I can tell you that I have never had to face my troubles alone. He is just a prayer away and is always walking this road with me. Didn’t I just ask for a map? It sounds like He has already told me which road to take!

I have an idea that’s been forming for a while and I think it may be my ultimate destination. It’s a purpose, a plan (I warned you about my “planning problem”), a goal that I think God is nudging me to follow. It doesn’t exactly have a map but I’m getting glimpses of the journey, the destination, and finding people who may be on this trip with me. It’s not exactly my plan.. it’s a God plan and I’m trying desperately to stay on course.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Wow, I’m so glad to see that I’m not the only planner! What a promise (and a plan!).. it’s the ultimate roadtrip! This plan is still in a fetus development stage, but if I stay on the right road (the narrow road) and follow His plan, it shall be awesome.  As for my Christmas roadtrip, it too shall be awesome!  

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