That little blue car up above, that’s Leonardo. He’s the first official car that I’ve ever owned by myself. He’s compact, doesn’t complain a whole lot or freak out when we get lost, keeps dark chocolate around at all times, has a witty sense of humor, loves early mornings and has a tendency to have smart comebacks. I guess you could say we are made for each other. (And right now he currently gets 24/7 access to commercial free Bluegrass = Heaven!)
As soon as I got Leonardo back in September I caught the road trip bug. I didn’t care where I went, who I saw or what I did. I just wanted to go. I like driving and I don’t mind getting lost. Not to brag, but I think I have a great sense of direction. (Some may argue but that’s for another time.) Just to give you an example, We were playing Hostage, which involves blindfolds, loud music and getting kicked out of a car (if you want more details send me a message!), one night at 11 o’clock. It was pitch black out. Within 5 minutes of getting kicked out of the car I knew where I was and needless to say, my team kicked the other teams butt. I’m still pretty proud of that moment because honestly I have no idea how I knew where I was. God’s grace.
Ok, back to roadtrips. I like driving so I was eager to get out on the road with my new found freedom. My preferred way of taking road trips goes something like this: “How long are you staying?” Me: “I don’t know.” What are you going to do?” Me: “I don’t know.” I’ve taken to flying by the seat of my pants and you should too. My first order of business was to plan a 10 day trip to my alma mater, Messiah College, and to visit two of my lovely friends from college. It was a blast. I can’t tell you how amazing it was to be able to hop in my car, take off and just enjoy the open road. I learned a lot in that 5 hour drive:
1. You can get about 3 personal concerts in at that time.
(Warning: you won’t be able to talk once you arrive!)
2. You have a lot of time to think and Pray.
Sometimes people find driving tiring but I find it exhilarating. You get a lot of me time and a lot of God time in an otherwise busy and crazy life. For me at least, it has reminded me how close God is and how he is always there for me. For 5 hours it was just me and him. I talked and I knew he listened. I got stuff off my chest, asked for forgiveness, prayed for changed, complained a little, sang a little and sat in silence. We were just together and it was nice. I didn’t have to worry about what people thought or how I sounded. I was just me and God was just God. What would it be like if we all took a road trip once in awhile.
I already have my next roadtrip on the schedule. If you don’t have one, I encourage you to do so. Even if its only 30 minutes or 1 hour. You can learn a lot about yourself and a lot about God when its just you, Him, a full tank, 4 wheels, and an open road.
“And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8