Reflecting on a ride…
It was a
warm very hot, sunny day in Orlando. We were ready for a new adventure, energized and enthusiastic… and a little unsure of how it would turn out in the end. We had done our homework: asking questions of the “experts”, researching on Internet, and preparing our equipment. We had a trail recommendation, map directions, snacks and water in our bags, and air in our tires.
Preparation is wise and helpful,
but it does not guarantee ease or success.
Off we went. The sights were beautiful – shade trees, flowers, benches and wooden bridges. We followed the path signs, passed lakes and luxury homes, schools and parks; we crossed streets and highways.
Life isn’t usually a 1/4 mile round track.
It is a cross-country journey;
for each one – different, unique, valuable in its own way.
We rode along mostly side by side, as is our preference. Sometimes one of us rode out it front, setting the pace. On some stretches, we passed others who walked, jogged, or rode more slowly. At other places, we were the ones who ceded to riders who passed us by.
Life is a journey of ebb and flow, rhythms, and sharing the road together.
Some folks called out “good morning” or “hello”; others were quiet or distracted with their own thoughts, music, or life situation. Some rode with children; some walked with friends, others walked with pets. A rich community.
Life isn’t meant to be lived alone.
Whether we have a few special friends or many important relationships,
we need company along the way.
There were flat parts and then hills to climb. There were almost-out-of-control downhill inclines, sharp curves, and bumps. One short stretch was “off-road”, rocky, washed out and rutted.
Life has many experiences along the trail, breaking the monotony,
adding variety, mixing times of challenge and rest.
At the end of the ride, we were worn out and tired – but accomplished. I see this in my mom’s life as she is nearing the end of her journey. So much energy and enthusiasm at the start; wearniness now with a sense of completion and satisfaction, and peace.
Where are you on your life path? How are you doing on your ride?
As I read your blog I pictured my own life, which has been quite long already! It’s just like you said, varied, sometimes easy “riding” and sometimes with “bends in the road” and “uphills” that test our endurance and faith! I’m so thankful that “riding” through life with Jesus makes it all worth the journey, regardless how “rugged” it is sometimes! I pray that this last part of the journey for your mom is peaceful and smooth!
Thanks so much, Alice. I do so appreciate your prayers. i am also very grateful that Jesus has been with me on my life journey. I don’t know how I would have ever made it this far without Him! 🙂
I love this! Your comments about the different parts of the trail really suit life in it’s bigger picture, broader scope, greater purpose. I know your Mom has lived that. Come what may. Beautiful word pictures, Ter. Great insight.
Thanks, dear friend. Can I tell you again how much I enjoyed my time with you the other day? 🙂