Sometimes a road just calls your name, even when you didn’t plan on going down it. Even when you never knew it existed. It’s at these times we are presented with an opportunity. Will we step out in faith to see what awaits us? Or will we keep going with our planned agenda?
In the early fall of 2016, we were driving down Wyoming’s Cloud Peak Scenic Byway, when we came upon a sign that invited guests to climb a fire tower at the end of an unmapped road. We don’t always take these opportunities, but this time we did.
We gently climbed in elevation about five minutes until we spotted the fire tower at the end of the road where we parked and got out. A wonderful “Christmasy” fragrance greeted us, along with just a touch of snow glistening in the bright sunlight. The short, but quite vertical, hike through a fir forest led us to the fire tower with 360 degrees of the most breathtaking views. Mountains, meadows, lakes and forests lay beneath our feet. Just a short detour out of our ordinary route brought us the biggest blessing of our entire day!
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5.
There are times in our lives when God calls us to do something that may not be on our schedules or may even be a surprise to us. We have to make a decision. Will we trust Him enough to take Him up on it or not? He won’t force us and will love us regardless of our decision.
However, we will miss out on some of His biggest blessings when we refuse to trust Him or when we decide that we are too busy to accept His invitations. As we stood at the top of the world, I was reminded that we almost missed this and wondered how often I’ve missed opportunities that the Lord has given me.
I don’t want to go through life on my own schedule – my own agenda. It ends up in disappointment and frustration. I want to learn to live always aware of God’s leading, for His destinations never disappoint.