Saturday, April 20, 2013

The U-Turn Trip

So, I'm on a trip. I packed my suitcase a couple of times, a friend came and helped me.  I will be attending a wedding, in a field, so I did decide that wearing my cowboy boots, after all, would be a mighty fine idea. I had a pretty hard time deciding what else to wear, so my suitcase is pretty full. Now that I'm here and I see all that I've packed it's kinda silly. I packed skirts, and it's cold, so I may not be wearing those. I need warm clothes, like the hats and the mittens that I left in my truck. I did pack jeans too, so at least I have options. And, I packed sweaters, but the wedding is at sunset, so I am not sure a sweater is going to be enough for warmth.
My husband hoisted my bag into my truck at 4 am Thursday morning and I headed to pick up my friend and then to the airport. It seemed that everything was right on track. We arrived at the airport just a few minutes after 5 am, our boarding passes already were in our hands. But, when we got to the security line, my heart sank just a little. I couldn't believe how long it was! I began to wonder if we would get on the plane in time. As I looked at the faces of other passengers coming into the line, I wondered if they might be thinking the same thing. We made it through the line and sat down on the plane 15 minutes before we were due to take off. Perfect!
Our flight was great and I had my usual ginger ale and also some coffee. We had a short little layover in Denver, with just enough time to delight in a bagel  and take a quick tour of some of the airport. We landed right on time at our destination.
It just happens that there's a big event in this city this weekend, and droves of people are coming in as well. Everybody is renting a car, and by the time we got to the car rental they didn't seem to have a lot of options left. We got a Kia, which is fine, but let me just say this, it isn't a Land Rover. And, driving it has been interesting, well, maybe a little jerky at first. Kia's do not like curb's and stuff.
My friend and I discovered that the gps on our phone, the one with the little blue dot, does not always agree with our brains. So, we have named this trip  The U-Turn Trip. We seem to be going along just fine, and it's time to turn, pretty much every time we turn the wrong way.  I will point out that the blue dot is moving in the wrong direction. Whoops, another u-turn!
Today, is the wedding. And, more visits with family. Today, is more opportunities for me to live in truth and joy and the abundance of His Spirit. The last couple days, from the packing of my suitcase, to the long line, the rental car, and all the u-turns, I have recognized God's laughter and His humor in this trip. He has weaved fun throughout my day for me and my friend. He has given me ways to relieve travel stress, and ways to recognize His love and care.
Even in the moments that I have felt intense emotion, God has swept over me in comfort and helped me through. He continues to remind me that all that He is resides deep within me, showing me the way, the truth, and the light.
This morning I read this verse:

You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalms 16:11

Jesus, Say That Again, in all walks of life, no matter what the situation, You will show me the path, and in Your presence there is fullness of joy, and pleasures forevermore. Thank you, Jesus!

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