Life’s like a backroad

Alabaster Box

So yesterday I had a lot on my mind and I was overwhelmed with emotions.
My sister, understanding everything I’m struggling with decided to take me for a drive. To clear my mind. So we hopped in the pickup truck, and drove. Taking turns whenever we pleased. Well we ended up on this back road, with the most potholes I’ve seen in my life. So my sister is doing her best to dodge them, because the last thing we need is to blow a tire on some random back road. As she was dodging the potholes she says “This drive wasn’t supposed to be such a challenging thing.” That got me to thinking about how sometimes in life we take a turn onto a road that we think is going to be easy, no traffic, nothing to deal with. But there’s always the potholes on the back roads in life…

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Come Away

Mark 6:30 The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.”

I’m still on a bit of a high after my retreat…so naturally, verses like this and little snippets of conversations overheard in the course of a day, remind me of what I have learned and make me wish I’d have seen/heard them earlier so I could have included the thoughts in my retreat.

And just as that thought is processing, I’m remembering the recent thoughts I had on a quiet time/devotions…followed by another already “thunk” thought regarding my need to study out contemplative prayer; originally I had intended to define and process the different kinds of prayer for inclusion in my virtual retreat.  I started on contemplative, and got a headache from all the information.  Maybe I’ll try again now that I don’t have a deadline for getting it done.