A Long and Winding Road

A few years ago I was working at a job where I had little face-to-face contact with people and where I didn’t have an opportunity to contribute to the level that I was satisfied. Around the same time, I read the book Heaven by Randy Alcorn and it talked about his belief that we would have meaningful work to do when we get to heaven. Reading that helped me to realize that I needed to give my frustration and discouragement about my work to God, and to ask him for an opportunity to do meaningful work that would fulfill me. (I’m a slow learner sometimes!)

Recently, I had one of those moments in life where a bit of clarity seems to hit me in the side of the head. I realized that I am in a place where I am completely fulfilled in the work that I am now doing and the opportunities that continue to present can only come from Him. I feel like the role I am working in now was created for me in so many ways. The journey to get here has not been easy and there have been tears, losses, fear and many changes, but when I look back to the time when I first recognized my discontentment I can see how everything worked together to bring me to this moment.

This got me thinking about our journey on a grander scale. My life. and probably every one’s, has been fraught with twists and turns that were not always expected or welcome. It has not always been easy, in fact very often it has been nearly impossible. I keep going though, one foot in front of the other, seeking God’s guidance and trying to do the best I can.

When I am finished this journey of my life I wonder if I will look back on the winding road of my life and be able to recognize the road that was meant to be mine amidst all of the detours I found myself on. Will I be able to see the difficulties as part of the process that worked together to make me into the person I was always meant to be?

Somehow, I think that is how it’s intended to be.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Your blog entry today connected so well with the following quotation from a daily meditation by Richard Rohr that I subscribe to:

    I am already forgetting the only thing that the silence has taught me: our lives are useable for God. We need not be effective, but only transparent and vulnerable.
    God takes it all from there, and there is not much point in comparing who is better, right, higher or lower, or supposedly saved. We are all partial images slowly coming into focus, to the degree we allow and filter the Light and Love of God.

    What an amazing coincidence to find your blog and having it tell me almost the same thing. Guess it is a message that I truly needed to hear TODAY!

  2. I’m glad that it resonated with you, Pat. I love what you quoted as well – it’s so true that we only need allow ourselves to be available – and what an honor and priviledge it is when we are used by Him!

  3. Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog! I love how you write:) I loved this post. I plan to visit again.
    You said you had a renewed interest in writing–what are you working on and are you submitting places? If I can be of any help–let me know. I also have a blog for my writer’s group at my links called Clermont Christian Writers Group with places to submit. Thanks again!!

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