Along the Way

By Mike Temple

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“Sometimes you just have to pull off the road.” This thought kept invading my mind as my little rental car continued to slip and slide on the glistening interstate.
I had recently taken my daughter back for her second semester of college, dropped her off at the women’s dormitory, and was making my way back home. I hadn’t expected a winter storm to blow through and I was caught off guard by the freezing drizzle that had formed a sheet of glassy ice on the highway. My car felt like it was virtually skating on the road beneath my tires, and I reached over to click on the hazard lights.
I wanted to be home, away from the windy weather and lumbering trucks that were gingerly passing my tiny Nissan. The message of warning, however, popped into my head once again. “Sometimes you just have to pull off the road.” An exit sign loomed in the snow-swirling distance. As I pondered the additional 220 miles left on my trek, I began to slow down even more so I could make my way towards finding a room at a local hotel. I wouldn’t be going home this night…and my heart sank to think that a two-day trip would become a much longer affair than I had originally planned.
The hotel room was warm and cozy, and as I dipped my spoon into a steaming bowl of soup that I had purchased at a local restaurant, a wave of relief washed over me. I had been stressing out about trying to navigate my vehicle on the treacherous roadways, but now I was safe. I could settle in, get a good night’s sleep, and try again in the morning.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28, NIV).
Life’s highway can often get slippery, messy, stressful and tiring. Sometimes…you just have to pull off the road.