After 8 days of travel and 4,000 miles, it feels good to have our feet back on solid ground! We enjoyed our holiday excursion around the country, visiting family in Washington state, Utah, and Missouri, before finally returning to North Dakota. We saw all seven of our children and nine grandchildren. Holding them in our arms was like tasting a little bit of heaven!
Although, we had checked the weather, planned a route to take, serviced our vehicle for the drive, and purchased needed supplies, nothing could adequately prepare us for the long trek we had undertaken. Like a ship out of harbor, we left behind the familiar and ventured into the unknown.
With the sights, sounds, and feelings of home far in the distance, we faced the frantic freeways, frustrating fast food restaurants, and fleeting excitement of holiday shoppers. We navigated around semi-trucks stranded in a snowstorm in the mountains of Northern Idaho and sloshed through sand and snow behind plows in Colorado.
Each segment of our journey brought new experiences, unfamiliar faces, and more adjustments. We couldn’t just go blindly forward, hoping for the best. We had to sit down, check the forecast, look at the planned route, and decide when would be the best time to go forward.
Many times in life, whether by choice or by chance, we wander away from the familiar and enter into the realm of the unknown. We think that we have everything ready, that we have thought through all the possibilities, and that we know where we are going, but somewhere, somehow, we face a dilemma that we had not yet considered.
Just like on our trip, we never know when a storm will ensue that leaves us wondering if we are going to make it. We muster all our knowledge, tenacity, and strength to bring about one single goal, that of survival. We gather all who are in the vessel with us to assist in hopes that the combined efforts will somehow be equal to the task.
Unfortunately, sometimes we are unable to come back home, and we must start over again. Our emphasis on meeting our daily physical needs helps us rebuild. Getting sufficient rest, nutrition, and physical activity bring back a sense of normalcy, that familiarity we so desperately need that enables us to re-establish our sense of identity and purpose.
It is in these moments of extremity that we become better acquainted with God. We plead with him to spare us, to allow us one more moment of life, one more day of breath, that we might see our loved ones again. In so doing, we come full circle. In him, we find our home. We put our feet back on solid ground.
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