Road trip.

September 17, 2011

When I was a kid, whenever we went on a vacation my dad would drive as quickly as possible from point “A” to point “B.”  It was as if he hated the driving part of our vacations.  We usually stopped for a quick roadside picnic (at the very same spot every year.) and then got on the road again as quickly as possible.  (As a side note, my dad just completed a two-day road trip {That’s two days there and two day back} for a three-day visit with my brother, and he hasn’t changed his driving habits as far as I can tell.)

On the other hand, I remember a time when Diane and I took twelve hours to make an eight hour drive, simply because we could.

So as we head out of town for a couple of days, I am actually looking forward to the drive almost as much as I am looking forward to the actual purpose of the trip.  Well maybe not quite that much, since the purpose of the trip is to possibly reengage in my passion, my calling; reaching children with the Good News.

But I enjoy road trips.  Especially this time of year.  Especially with Diane.  Maybe it’s because we have figured out that life is a journey, not a destination.  There is more to see and do on the way to seeing and doing then when you actually get to the place you set out to see.  For example on our last road trip we stopped at an old fashioned diner, we climbed a street so steep the houses almost appeared to be built upon one another, we drove through tunnels and over mountains, we saw a bald eagle, a blue heron, and so much more.

One of the great benefits of a trip like this is the uninterrupted times of listening to God.  As Diane and I drive down the highways and byways, with the radio off, we are able not not only listen and talk to each other, we are able to listen and talk to God. 

Reason enough for more road trips.


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