There have been many times we have set off into nature and come away with seeing and experiencing so much more that just our original destination. As I hike, I am conscious of experiencing the course traveled and find joy in doing it not completing it. And what makes that experience so rich is the people I hike with – friends, my kids, my husband…the Creator.
In a recent time span, life’s road has held some twists and turns – changing direction from what I had planned. I admit, I’ve been greatly preoccupied with destinations lately.
I pause to call my own attention to the “wildflowers and viewpoints” of the last few miles of my journey in life. I’m pointing out to myself the “surprising growth”. And here are a few of the “secret destinations” I’ve discovered I had experienced:
Freedom from obligations I’d self-imposed that were not meant for me
Release from burdens I was not supposed to carry
Ordinary moments that were extraordinary
Unconditional acceptance and love
Many answered prayers
Moments – rich and remarkable
Openness to new direction
Romans 8:38-39 – “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Ephesians 3:20ff – “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power…to Him be glory.”