Although our entire stay in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park
could be described as nearly perfect, one of the few "flaws" was the
fact that the Cabot Trail, which is the primary road around the park and
through the Cape Breton Highlands, was under construction. There were
bridges being reconstructed, road beds being graded, new railing being
installed, fresh tar being laid, and fresh paint being put down.
The repairs resulted in long waits, followed by many kilometers of
unpaved and sometimes ungraded roadways, often filled with potholes.
This was inconvenient in the best of times, but when we were towing our
trailer over these sections of road, it became more challenging,
especially when we were forced to stop on loose gravel on a steep
incline. Although we recognized the necessity of the road repairs, we
couldn't have helped but wish that it was happening on a year that we
visiting the island!
Due to the fact that most
of the work zones areas were under active construction, most of these
sections of road had a "pilot" vehicle to guide us safely through the
best sections of the construction zones. These "pilot" vehicles were
easily identified by the large sign on their rear bumpers: "Follow me.
Do NOT Pass!"
The first time I drove behind one of these "pilot"
vehicles, it occurred to me that just as there were sections of road
being repaired, there are sections of our "road-through-life" that also
appear to be "under construction". We wish those sections would just go
away, yet without these "rough" spots, would we ever be able to have
smooth roads? It's true that the "rough" spots on our walk through life
don't always appear to be in the most convenient places. Just like the
road construction was easier to deal with without the trailer, the
problems life will throw our way are always easier to face when we're
not cumbered by other things. After all, wouldn't that stomach bug that
has hit your spouse and kids have been easier to deal with if you,
yourself, weren't also sick with the same bug? And wouldn't the broken
engagement have been easier without the stress of a master's thesis
coupled with a recent death in the family?
The good news lies in
the fact that there was
a way around all of those sections of
road construction. All we had to do was follow our assigned "pilot"
vehicle. In the same way, we also have a "Pilot" when we're going
through the rough times in our lives, a gentle Shepherd who leads the
way: "The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need."
23:1 NLT); "You are my flock, the sheep of my pasture. You are my
people, and I am your God. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!"
(Ez. 34:31 NLT).
When we follow our Shepherd, we can be sure
that, "He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful
streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing
honor to his name."
(Ps. 23:2-3 NLT).
The problem is, we
have difficulty with "following". We want to go our own way. After all,
who would choose the hard times? But it is only when we follow that we
can experience the peaceful streams, the renewed strength, the rest:
"It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep
his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him."
Just like those "pilot" vehicles sported those signs
on their bumpers, "Follow me. Do NOT Pass", Jesus also calls out to us,
just as He did to Matthew of old, "Follow Me!"
(See Matt. 9:9).
It is only when we "follow" and "do not pass" that we can experience His
blessings for us, that we can experience the best paths through the
troubled times, that in the midst of our problems, we can still say,
"Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for
you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me
by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely
your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the LORD forever."
(Ps. 23:4-6 NLT)
Is your road through life under construction? There's a "Pilot"
vehicle to guide you through. Your only job is to: "Follow Me. Do NOT
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author --
"Aboard God's Train
Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet
website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with
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