Ever put on an event that everything went off without a hitch? The flowers arrived and bloomed thirty minutes before the guests started arriving. The balloons staggered with near perfection. The moisture in the cake had everyone begging for the name of the baker.
Well, this blog is about the exact opposite.
Last night my sister and I threw my mom’s 60th birthday party. The cooler holding the drinks had a major leak. The icing on the cupcakes looked like a five-year old did them. The guy who did the balloons never tied them off, only used string – so wilted black balloons….The room was smaller than expected. And of course, my personal disaster and favorite, the photo is of the party supplies that were so painfully ordered on-line that arrived just as soon as the party was over.
As I pulled away this morning from the hotel with my car jammed with leftovers and lessons of last night, I reflected. Apparently, too much, because I found myself headed to Arkansas. Trapped on a highway that only had “No U-Turn” posted everywhere and, of course, no noticeable exit signs; I felt a surge of panic. At what point had I taken a wrong turn and not noticed until now?
As the adrenaline flushed through my veins, I found myself pontificating about how this is a perfect illustration of life and the hereafter.
We are ALL just one bad decision away from going the wrong way! Maybe that is why God speaks so clearly about not judging each other. For part of the journey, I didn’t even know I was lost yet. Isn’t that how life is sometimes? We get so far gone that we don’t even realize that we’ve taken a wrong turn – all we feel is the panic.
When I finally found an exit, I wailed with excitement. I got to turn around – fresh start. And as I headed in the opposite direction, I curiously eyed each driver I was passing going the other way – were they lost? Were they as excited to see the exit as I was? Maybe they still hadn’t realized they were lost and wouldn’t even see the exit. Who am I to judge? I’ve been lost.
As soon as I started seeing landmarks that let me know I was on my way home, I felt this enormous amount of peace. I was headed home. I was on the right road, going the right direction. I thanked God for the epiphany and thanked God for the road that leads us ALL home.
Going home is always the shortest distance on a trip….because our heart knows the way home and praise Him who puts up “No U-Turn” signs all the way home!