Life is certainly a journey, as I'm sure many of you can agree. Or even a wild ride! The journey can sometimes be full of bumps, twists, curves and even U-turns.
Thankfully it can also, and oftentimes is, full of vistas, scenic rests, lofty vantage points, and awe inspiring wonders!
A wise person understands and accepts that the best journey, possibly even the most successful ones, must have all of the above.
I can undoubtedly say that when I look back on my life, I want to do so as one of those sweet little old ladies, who can recant to you in beautiful, detailed ways the years of pleasure and enjoyment from a "well" journey. The excitement felt when you first learn to ride a bike with no training wheels, or go swimming in a river underneath a waterfall. The unforgettable first love, marriage, pregnancy (I know, not always in that order). When you felt your baby kick inside you for the first time, held them in your arms, and the flash of years that hasten with every milestone thereafter, gathering momentum until you're looking back wondering where all the time went.
Of course I know that even the best journey has disappointments, trials, even pain, and unfortunately sorrow. Those bumps, twists, curves and yes even U-turns are explicitly the very paths that lead to the vistas, rests and awe inspiring wonders!
If it were not so, how would you even recognize a "lofty vantage point" when confronted on your journey?
The Bible states in 1st Peter, chapter 4, verse 12-13, "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: (Translation: Don't be surprised when you hit those bumps in the road) But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings (But expect them, be ready, and be happy regardless!) that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy."
-Did you catch that last part? That is a direct promise to us and I for one would prefer exceeding joy over anything else!
Be blessed and know that no matter what today holds, you can never have this time back again. You might as well live life to the fullest and keep moving down along on your journey no matter what lies ahead!