Friday, January 20, 2012

Bumps and Holes In Our Journey.....

January 20, 2012


A few weeks ago, we spent a few days in Brenham visiting our old friends Norm and Sue.  As some of you know, Norm has been struggling with liver failure.  They've had lots of bumps and holes in their lives over the past year as Norm endured weekly treatments, and the last 18 months have been especially difficult ones for him and Sue.

Their struggle reminded me of a tough time I had a few years ago with a family member.  One night, after a particularly difficult day during that painful time, I had a dream.  That dream got me through that conflict and many conflicts since........and something told me this might just be what some of you needs to hear.......

My dream started with me riding in the backseat of my car with a chauffeur (it's a Jeep Wranger Rubicon, by-the-way, in Mango-Tango orange).   Some friends and family members are on this ride too and none of us can actually see the face of our Driver, but he's mapped out our route and we trust Him to take us where we need to go.  We start off on a nice smooth highway, cruising along at a nice pace, looking out the window at all the other cars going by and enjoying the ride.   Then He turns off the busy highway onto a nice country road.  We're loving the view and notice there aren't near as many cars on this road as there were on the highway.  Eventually, the road gets even less traveled and the asphalt, which has now turned to dirt, is getting rougher and rougher.  We start feeling the bumps and holes in the road and getting jostled around quite a bit.  Some of my friends and family in my Jeep Rubicon in Mango Tango Orange start losing faith in my Driver and want out of the car.  Although He tries to assure them He has a GPS and this road will get us to our destination, they insist He stop cause they can't stand the bumps any longer.  So, He reluctantly pulls over and lets them out.  Although I can't see His face, I can tell by his posture how hurt He is that they didn't trust Him to get them to their final destination.

As we start back up on this very bumpy road, He repeatedly assures us this is the right road; the ONLY road that will get us to our destination, and that He has driven this road many times.  He proceeds to tell me that all of those cars we had seen and passed on the highway were going the wrong direction.....and that He had tried repeatedly to flag them down.....let them know the road ahead ended in death and destruction, but they weren't interested in taking the bumpy road....they wanted the smooth, uneventful, easy road....cause they knew best.  As we bounce around in the backseat from all the bumps and holes, with a smile in His voice, he starts describing our amazing, incredible destination ahead.

What a great dream, huh?  I think of this every day.   It reminds me that with each bump and hole in my journey, I am one mile closer to my final destination......and it reminds me to give thanks for those bumps and holes.  After all, without these trials and struggles, why would we need a Driver?


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



14 comments:

DAvid Pierce said...

Wow!! Liz, that is a beautiful story, I needed to hear that.

Love ya my friend,

David

Sherrie said...

Very nice.

Lulu said...

AMEN It is the valleys we grow... i am soo sorry about ur mom she is such a dear lady my mom an oldest sis June all died of liver failure. I have escaped what they had by dr drawing a pint or more a mo of my blood [since october 2010] an forcing my body to use up overstocked feritin in my liver...... i t such a good number now that i get to wait 2 mo to next visit. i am so grateful to God that He has found for me this route to take tho it ha s been VERRY BUMPY.. I know it was for my best. i had more skin cancers cut off my face tues.. also an inheritance from my mom?? take care wish u all best much love Lulu

Julie said...

Truly lovely Liz!

Julie

Jackie and Joe said...

Liz,
Thank you so much for the Blog...it is a wonderful reminder of the lives you touch...the generosity in your heart to share the truths the Lord has shown you is life changing for me...thank you.

The good news about your Blog readers....they know you are authentic...your loving God and God loving us Blogettes through you is eternal stuff....have a great day....love you...j

Jeanette said...

very nice story Liz....My blessings and prayers are with Norm and Sue....Peace and Love!

israel said...

Thanks Liz, that was beautiful...Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Ps. 23:6

Israel

Nancy said...

Thanks for sharing that dream, Liz. I really needed to hear that analogy, because I've been praying hard for a friend who is battling cancer, and is verrrry ill. Her children are teenagers, and she is so tired of being sooo sick, yet doesn't want to leave them... Would you please put Valerie on your prayer list and join me in petitioning God to heal her body? She had breast cancer first (2004) and it's now in her liver, and her kidneys aren't working properly...She's just a mess, but we know who her Driver is....So, thanks for this email, Liz. I sure look forward to your blogs, the timing is just perfect for me. I love you!
Nancy

Doylene & Arlen said...

“….You are precious in His sight….”
Love, Doy

Mary Bane said...

Loved this!

Jack Wallace said...

"Perfect"

Dan Bush said...

:-)

Nyla said...

I love it! Sounds like we should all be thankful for the bumps - look what they have done for me. Nyla

Ann HOlland said...

Beautiful!!