I hopped into the car with my big bowl of fruit salad and headed off to into the countryside to enjoy a nice visit with family. I had been forewarned of road closures and was well armed with careful instructions and my trusty GPS which soon gave out, leaving me with an ominous feeling of lostness along with a sense of mounting panic.
At a red light I saw my granddaughter hanging out of the passenger’s window of my daughter’s car frantically waving to get my attention. Ahh. Saved. They’ll know where we are going. The light changed and off we go, but a white pickup truck wedged itself between the two of us, and while she raced ahead, he poked. I had a few expletives deleted going on in my head as I willed him to hurry up, get out of my way, or disappear himself off on the next turn. It didn’t happen. He just stuck like a turtle on molasses while my daughter disappeared off into the distance.
Finally, things seemed to improve until we came upon an unexpected road closure and had to turn around and detour around the detour without any detour signs. All of us had lost GPS as well as reliable phone communication. Meanwhile, I still haven’t lost that $#$@#$ pickup. By now it is obvious that we are all hopelessly lost on country roads and I have lost any hope that we will ever get where we’re going.
Then, miraculously, we come across another granddaughter who joins the caravan and leads us safely to our destination where we arrive over a half an hour late. Damned white pickup is still with us. We park, get out of our cars in various states of temperament ranging from anger to hysteria. Mine was hysteria when I discovered that white-truck guy is my former son-in-law. I’ve been mentally screaming at him, while he was mentally screaming at my daughter trying to tell her that she was going the wrong way. Another family adventure to laugh about for years to come.
In my morning-after armchair recap, it occurs to me that sometimes I have gone along in life blindly putting my faith in a leader who is clueless. Sometimes I turn my power over to another who I think might know more than I do, giving my authority away to someone who may not have the best interests of myself or others at heart. Sometimes I place my misdirected anger at some poor unsuspecting soul who is just trying to get to his own destination while I am prodding from behind urging him to hurry up, willing him to go somewhere, anywhere to get out of my way. Sometimes I make a lot of assumptions, make a lot of mistakes, and take a lot of wrong turns.
Too often in life I have placed my faith in external systems like GPS—a Global Positioning System—rather than in my own personal GPS—Guidance Protection Service. In searching for a destination, my external system failed, but my internal system guided me to “accidentally” find my family caravan and arrive safely at our destination.
Let this be a lesson to me to relax, trust, and remember that even though I may think otherwise, I am never lost. I am always guided and protected by loving Beings who do indeed have my best interests are heart and whose intention and purpose it is to guide me safely to my destination. However in the world does one have enough gratitude to say thank you for such a blessing?
Note: The photo above is courtesy of New Waves of Light, a website designed by anonymous individuals around the world who share the intention of bringing light and love to a world of darkness and chaos. (newwavesoflight.org or NWOL.us).