wisdom from the road

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers

“If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there.”
Lewis Carroll

(somewhere along the road in County Kerry near Dingle, Ireland / Julie Cook / 2015)

Anyone who has ever spent any time on the road driving here, there and yon knows all too well that there is a real love–hate relationship between driving and journeying from the proverbial point A to point B.

Whether you spend time commuting each day to and from work or school, or you make your living driving, or you drive the roadways and the byways for recreation…or you simply have to get from one place to another…
I think most all of us would agree that there are many life lessons, as well as much wisdom, to be gleaned from the simple act of driving down any one of life’s many roads…

One of the most important lessons we can either learn the easy way or discover the hard way is to make certain that we know which direction we are to be headed because one thing is always certain…
Life is full of obstacles.

As there will always be those situations, issues and looming crises that will get in our way no matter how hard we try to avoid them…that’s just the way life is…

(cows crossing somewhere on a road in County Kerry, Ireland / Julie Cook / 2015)

Which in turn will give way to the fact that there will always be a need for patience…
For good or bad, patience will be necessary and it will be sorely tested along Life’s many traversed roads.
Blood pressures will rise and frustration will shoot through the roof…
And no matter how hard one tries, often times there will simply be no other way of getting around or avoiding certain troublesome moments in this thing called life, other than to resolutely meet it all head on…

Also we must be mindful that there will be those dark and lonely stretches of road when we will find ourselves unfortunately isolated and very much alone.

(somewhere along the road near Slieve League, County Donegal, Ireland / Julie Cook / 2015)

Maybe we’ll have hit a rough patch in the road… a bit of bad luck or have found that life does not discriminate when it want’s to be cruel and difficult. By keeping both hands on the wheel and eyes focused on the task at hand… will not only be required but most necessary as we labor to keep things steady and safely in the middle of the road as we avoid the ruts, soft shoulders and unavoidable potholes during those lonely and dark days.
During such times, our resolve will be greatly tried…keeping steady and focused on our journey, knowing that we indeed have an ultimate destination will help to keep us going forward.

Additionally we must be mindful that there be those times when we will find ourselves face to face with oncoming trouble.
As in it simply can’t be helped.

(heading up the road somewhere in County Kerry near Dingle, Ireland / Julie Cook /2015)

Sometimes we are blindsided, not knowing what’s hit us…
Other times, we will see it coming, knowing that the inevitable is headed right for us… and that there’s no avoidance, no running, no hiding…for the colliding of two separate forces cannot always be helped.
Our only recourse is to simply square our shoulders, set our jaw, point the wheel straight ahead, put the pedal to the metal and face it all bravely head on…for the character of any man or woman is forged in the fiery trials of Life.

And just when we think we’re back to our mindless cruising, merrily scooting back down the road, there comes along the strange and unusual diversion…something most often out of the blue, which averts our attention…perhaps something very much unwelcomed…some sort of siren’s song luring us to an unnecessary demise…or perhaps it is something welcomed yet untimely in its arrival, only working to delay our progress….focus, we must remain focused!

(a wandering sheep along the road somewhere in County Donegal, Ireland / Julie Cook / 2015)

As once again, the important key is knowing how to handle any and all distractions…knowing how we will handle ourselves in all situations is best as it provides consistency even in the face of the unknown…
We mustn’t allow any of it to steal our focus, our determination, our resolve…
Rather, we must simply shift gears, turn our attention back to the task at hand and get back up to speed…

Yet no matter how harrowing a drive and or journey may be, we can never know with certainty, what waits around each bend or turn or curve…so preparation will be constantly tested…

So may we all remember that when it comes to heading out on one of Life’s many roads, even for just a quick sort of errand, being focused and prepared will make any sort of drive more bearable as well as enjoyable…
Happy travels one and all….

(somewhere along the road in County Kerry near Killarney, Ireland / Julie Cook / 2015)

Thus says the Lord:
β€œStand by the roads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way is; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls.

Jeremiah 6:16

16 comments on “wisdom from the road

  1. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    Awesome pics Julie!

  2. Mary says:


    • Thank you my friend–the funny thing is that that is not what my intent was when I sat down to write the post. I had seen two different billboards on my way to dad’s that had struck me as rather interesting..but when I sat down to finally write the post, those words wouldn’t come—and the others, something different entirely, came out—funny how He works like that πŸ™‚

      • Mary says:

        He knows better than us. What you just said has been my experience so many times! Surrender

      • sounds like a little traveling song in there somewhere—a little something to sing as we scoot up or down one of the many roads He calls for us—windows down, wind in our hair, a few bugs splattered on the windshield, and a song in our hearts as we set out on another journey πŸ™‚
        Makes me want to get ready for a road trip—oh wait, we’re already on one πŸ™‚ HA

      • Mary says:

        Omg love it!!!

  3. As always, full of words of wisdom. Love and hugs, N πŸ™‚ ❀

  4. ColorStorm says:

    ‘Life does not discriminate……….’

    Ain’t that the truth jewels, sounds quite biblical huh, as God causes the rain to fall on the just and the unjust, and the blessing received is all in the point of view.

    Happy face.

    • you know CS, the thing is… most of us have driven for quite sometime up and down Life’s many roads—the smooth, well directed roads that can suddenly turn to gravel, poorly paved and poorly signed—leaving us in a precarious mess.
      and so it seems, to me, that after so much time spent “traveling” these ever constantly changing diverse roads, one would come to realize that there is indeed something so much greater than, larger than, more complete, more wonderful than this lone little journeyman such as myself, or any other self traveling for that matter. Yet it seems there are those who continue to travel with blinders firmly attached, never really seeing those very fine nuances of a Greater hand along side ours on the wheel….

      • ColorStorm says:

        Yep, agree without reservation, reminds me of this too.

        The untimely and unlikely death of the greatest prophet whose feet walked this earth……….according to Christ Himself whose understanding is infinite, cries for a day of reckoning.

        He will live again! Justice demands it, and our conscience knows it. The death of John will be made right.

        And even the road less traveled supplies an occasional wink to eternity as you say quite often.

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