“Five feet of snow in 24 hours! Wow!” whistled the motel manager as he checked in a new guest and his family. The five visitors stood glumly in the tiny lobby of the mom-and-pop business. With the main road as slick as a skating rink and the snow pile between lanes was as high as Paul Bunyon, they couldn’t go any further. The manager added with awe, “That’s never happened in October before.”
A tall teen boy looked around at the Halloween decorations and grumbled, “I guess we’re stuck here. How long before we can get back on the road? We’ve already traveled through two states to get here.”
“Dunno. Where are you headed?”
Dad piped up, “A ski resort. We’ve had reservations for months.”
Another guest stepped forward with his room card smiling at the family. “Well, I just live about 20 miles down the road and can’t get home today.” Roy piped up. “You know—we have ski slopes and a resort hotel not far away. You could go there tomorrow and driving won’t be dangerous. There’s a lot of nothin’ between here and Colorado and the snow here is plenty deep enough for powder skiing.”
“Absolutely not. We’re bound for Colorado. We have reservations for that snow, not this place! Whoever heard of going skiing in…What’s this place called anyway?”
“The White Mountains,” Roy continued. “It’s named that for the snow. You could also go snowshoeing not far from here. There’s a nature conservatory for wetland birds. It’s great!”
“No! Not here in the Red or whatever mountains! Colorado! It’s known for snow and Mother Nature. We have reservations to see all that and more.”
By the next morning after the all-night snowfall, the vehicles only appeared to be soft white bumps in the parking lot. No one could get cars out. So all met for breakfast in the conference room. Most were cheerful. The sun had come out! Roy and the Colorado-bound family talked again over scrambled eggs, fresh pancakes and sausage.
Roy was smiling. “Yay! The road home is open today. Still want to brave the route to Colorado? They haven’t got it completely cleared yet.”
“Yup!” replied the dad, “The only ski slopes and snow we want is in Colorado!”
And after two hours of digging out their van with four pushing it to the main road, the family headed off to the icy horizon with the hope to make Colorado or bust!
Planning adventure is a good start. But part of the adventure includes excursions along the way that God plans for you.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” [Jeremiah 29:11]
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways higher than your ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” [Isaiah 55:8-9].
Just as from high in the air, we can easily see roads and routes, God’s heavenly outlook and path for us is the best for personal growth, a closer relationship with him and blessings.
And following his way is divinely better than reservations on the ski slopes in Colorado.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com and her speaking engagements. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, http://www.button-to-god.com.]