Roads still traveled

And a highway will be there;
    it will be called the Way of Holiness;
    it will be for those who walk on that Way. Isaiah 35:8-

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During this season, just before another year has ended,  I’ll often find myself looking back down old roads. Some of these roads were crowded highways of twists and turns with various travel speeds dictated by traffic ahead. Also on these busy roads were detours created by others mishaps, or necessary repairs, or new construction.

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Other roads were quieter, with a clear destination ahead. Sometimes there were a few twists and turns to reach these new places, new people, new learning, however never was the way removed from my vision.

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And then there were those roads that I started on, with excitement and anticipation of hopes and dreams coming true. But to only lead to a complete dead end, barren and dry except for my own grieving tears.

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There were roads with bridges to cross but never to burn, and roads with intersections to navigate, choices to make.

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And then there were those times that the road could be barely seen, if at all. There seemed to be no way to go, my vision of my future gone and not seeing any new route at all. And I wonder if Mary felt this way when suddenly her life road was gone with the news from the angel Gabriel.

 The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary; God has shown you his grace. Listen! You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. Luke 1:30-31

Many plans of the road she would be taking as a young woman engaged to be married, now gone with this startling news.

And she chose a new route, a new way by surrendering to this unseen road.

Mary said, “I am the servant of the Lord. Let this happen to me as you say!” Then the angel went away. Luke 1:38

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I don’t know what twists and turns, detours and dead-ends, completions and horizons are on the roads ahead in this soon turning of a new year.

What I do know though, The Way is always there even if unseen. And sometimes surrender brings the best gift of all.

Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”  (which means, God with us). Matthew 1:23

Luke 2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:7

(All photos are mine taken in Iceland, summer of 2015).

 

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15 thoughts on “Roads still traveled

  1. I love your Scripture reference. “the way of Holiness.” Yes! Yes! Yes! That is what I desire no matter what the weather–sunny or foggy, summer or winter, day or night. Thanks for this Lynn.

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  2. Hi Lynn! What a lovely study on roads, and the images you uploaded are so great too. It really illustrated your points about the different ways we travel in a year.
    I hope that you will be sent on many happy roads and joyful travels in 2017. May God continue to inspire you with many reasons to write and inspire.
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. Thank you Ceil. Writing words to inspire can seem so daunting at times when the blank page sits in front of me, but can bring a lot of joy too! I too, hope you have happy roads and travel too today, and in the on coming new year!

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  3. Lynn,
    I love how all these photos of roads inspired your post and how you related it to the past year in review and to Mary’s road. I’m sure we can’t even imagine what a detour her new path brought her and how painful and uncertain that must have been yet she willingly accepted God’s plan for her life which brought life to all of us. I doubt that I’ll ever make it to Iceland but somehow I never imagined it to be like your photos show — what a beautiful place it is! Happiest of holidays to you, Lynn and I’m so grateful for your insights and beautiful photos that make my blogging journey so enjoyable! xoxo

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    1. Hi Valerie. You never know! You may make it to Iceland one day, maybe even just a few days before flying over to Europe! I’ll need to do a post about water so can show all the waterfall pictures. Thank you also for making my blogging journey inspiring too. I am looking forward to seeing what 2017 brings.

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  4. Such beautiful photos and thoughts, Lynn. I never imagined Iceland to be green. These photos really show the different roads we take. I’m so sorry that roads you started on with excitement and anticipation of dreams come true turned out to be dead and barren. That really hurts. And yet I believe God was with you, and I can tell He has taught you much more than if the road had been smooth and happy. I can’t imagine the twisting, bumpy, never-traveled-before road Mary had to travel, and yet she faithfully followed God’s way, even though people scorned and ostracized her. Thank you for giving me pause to reflect and for encouraging me, my friend. I pray you have a Blessed Christmas! Love and hugs!

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  5. I’ve been traveling a long and rough road in my life right now. What a great journey it has been, but the end is still not in sight. Your post inspires so much optimism and I will always have to remember your message: “The Way is always there even if unseen. And sometimes surrender brings the best gift of all.” Thank you!

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    1. Hi Jayson, Our roads sure can be tough especially when we really thought it would be a different road, or our hopes and expectations dissolve to gravel and dust. I’m glad this post inspired you, and my hope is that we both can be a testimony of joyous roads in 2017!

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  6. Hi Trudy! It’s interesting how Iceland is very green and lush in summer, yet Greenland is mostly ice all year long! The rumor is Iceland called itself that to avoid visitors to their land. However, now tourism is their main economic source. Following God’s way in today’s world can be a bumpy road for sure, even like Mary’s where being scorned still can exist but often due to NOT falling into the idols of money, etc…I know you are on a break so I so appreciate you stopping here today! Love and hugs back to you!

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  7. I just love this Lynn, this is so beautiful..I’ve got travel fever so I enjoy the idea of road trips, but your message reminds me again we don’t need to go anywhere sometimes, that in these beautiful words “The Way is always there even if unseen. And sometimes surrender brings the best gift of all”, we find peace. Such great post, I was traveling with you with a sense of adventure! Blessings!!

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  8. First of all, your pictures of Iceland are gorgeous. I really want to visit one day. 🙂

    Second, what a beautiful post, Lynn. Roads are interesting things. Especially the road of life. I’m so thankful God shares Mary’s story in the Bible. Her example humbles and strengthen me to live with her kind of faith. When God re-directs me, I hope I can adjust my thinking, my heart, and my attitude to align with His plans. I know His plans are always best, even when I can’t understand them.

    Have a beautiful Christmas, my friend.

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