"When I left Queen's my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there is a bend in it. I don't know what lies around the bend, but I'm going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination of its own, that bend, Marilla." — Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables
Life is a journey down the path our Heavenly Father has chosen for us. There will be bends in the road that we have no way of seeing until we are practically upon them. There will also be times "where many paths and errands meet," and we will be forced to make a decision and live with whatever it entails. This is a frightening concept for me to grasp; I am very hobbit-like in my love of home and hearth, and much prefer the adventure that a book brings to real-life adventure. I hold with C.S. Lewis, who said in Voyage of the Dawn Treader, "Adventures are never fun while you're having them." But adventure is out there, and we will never find it if we stay wrapped up in our own affairs all our lives. I need to learn to lean on the Lord and trust that He will carry me through whatever trials I face in this life, even when I don't have any idea where to go.
The Road Goes Ever On
By J.R.R. Tolkien
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
I hope you are enjoying a beautiful summer day!