Sometimes our journey is long and lonely. The path to our destination seems to go on and on forever. Nobody seems to pass you in either direction, nobody seems to share the road or this destiny with you.
If your trip seems to be never ending, and the final step seems to be unknown, perhaps you have been assigned a road less traveled. Welcome, fellow wanderer! I assure you that you will arrive at your purpose, eventually. In the meantime, I encourage you to enjoy your journey.
If you are on a long path towards your goal, buckle up, because it may be a bumpy ride. Roll the windows down, and sightsee. Look around you. Notice the signs. Notice the people who’s journey to your ultimate goal is shorter. Don’t envy them, they may envy you.
What do you see? Do you perhaps see people who forget to notice the color of the sky because they see it every day? Do you want to take any of this for granted because it came too easy? The harder the journey, the more you learn. The longer the trip, the more you see, the wiser you become.
All of us struggle. For some it is financial. We become a whiz at robbing Peter to pay Paul. We make miracles happen at the grocery store when we are trying to feed a family of five on an income for three. Living below poverty level in America is at about 14 percent. That means about 86 percent of the country doesn’t travel your road.
Some of us are fighting our own minds. Learning to balance our emotions and mood swings, battling side effects to prescription medications, learning not to sabotage relationships with people who love us because we feel manic during a bipolar episode, or because we feel lower than low with depression, or some other mental illness. One in five suffer from some sort of mental disorder, and that means four out of five do not, and may not understand. That is a road less traveled.
Some of us are at war with our own demons, battling addictions, or abusive relationships, learning disabilities, chronic illness, or even terminal illnesses. These are all roads less traveled.
Infertility? When 7 out of 8 couples conceive without planning, taking temperatures, Clomid, injections, or IVF? If your journey to parenthood is taking longer than expected, or you’ve been told your chances of conceiving are slim to none, you are on a road less traveled.
You are not here by accident. Not everyone can take a detour off the major highways and not get lost on the side roads. It takes a strong, resilient, way maker to journey down a road that wasn’t planned, or even on the map. When you’ve been assigned a road less traveled, you are made up of something different. You have different kind of eyes for seeing signs. You have ears that listen for the whispers of God to tell you which turn to take before you get lost. You’ve got strong legs, to help you to keep putting one foot in front of the other, to not give up when you are still in the middle of nowhere.
Being on a road less traveled doesn’t make you perfect, better, or some kind of saint. You may still wander in the wrong direction before getting back on the right path. You might have to stop at a rest area longer than expected, because you are just so tired. You may take one step forward and two steps back on your lonely road, for a while, before you get back on track. There may be blisters on your feet from walking a hard path for so long, and there’s nothing wrong with crying about it because it just hurts. But don’t you dare give up. This is your journey, your road, your path, and when you arrive, you will hold your head up high, you will be stronger, wiser, and better because of it.
You see, when you are assigned a road less traveled, you are meant to learn something from your journey. The hardest journeys yield the biggest treasures.
God gave you this battle. Where you decide to go, and the type of traveler you decide to be, is up to you. Just don’t get so focused on the path in front of you that you forget to look at the wonders all around you. And if you happen to pass someone who is on the same journey as you, remember you have your own pace, you are not in a race, or a competition. You are kindred spirits, and because of your less traveled road, you are family. You will understand each other like no one else, and perhaps you will help make each other’s travels a safer, brighter place.
So welcome fellow wanderers, journeyers, and way makers. Welcome to the road less traveled. I’ll be praying, and cheering you on. And if you get to the end of the road before me, don’t forget to keep cheering and praying for me.
Love and God bless,
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Not all those who wander are lost. – J.R.R Tolkein
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. –