Another gas station. A set of streets with blinking lights, straight paths turning left and right.
There are miles and miles of seemingly nothing on this stretch of Hwy 89. Just little sleepy towns with a lot of room and few people, glowing as the sun comes up and fading when it departs.
Some of the towns I pass are full, seemingly too many people all at once in one spot. Others seem desolate, as though people living there is a joke the buildings play on the unsuspecting. One minute using and being used, providing and needed and the next simply no longer.
Man is not an island to himself. He affects and is affected, he has purpose and need. And like towns need people to stay alive, so do we. Life is easier without others, but isn’t quite the fun it is with them, buildings are hollow with no one to live there and we are hollow when no one lives there also. We drive through this life and observe, but do we really live?
A road is a means to get somewhere, a direction headed for destinations. We are a means to get somewhere to get something accomplished, we have something we are needed for. It is baffling, like watercolor edges against a mountain sky, that we are an essential part of all this. This town, this empty shell of life without us, needs to be lived.
I really and truly believe as I head further to my destination, that God wants us. I think of the verse, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and give you an expected end”,
and suddenly my town is occupied. Life begins because the giver of Life and I are there for the same reasons. To do what He wants done, to live because He died.
I question with the will of God, and for a long time I questioned the love of God. For some reason it has taken me this long to really believe and accept an abiding relationship with Him, to occupy the space He has given me. Sunrise mornings on a 2,000 mile road trip can teach us many things. The compassion and reality of God is only one of them.
He loves you-the kind of love that wakes you up in the morning, comforts you when you’re scared and provides for you in all of life’s uncertainties. He knew you in your mother’s belly, and He wanted you even then. He has a plan, be still and know that He is God, and He will show you. Maybe He’ll even use a sunrise mountain morning and a great road trip.
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I'm sorry... sunset in the morning? Maybe I misunderstood. Other than that, I was ministered to by this article in a very personal way and I appreciate you more than you know. Your words creatively hit home for me. Thanks.