Sunday, July 20, 2014

Take the Long Way or Pay the Toll?

Toll roads are cropping up all over central Texas.  I love 'em and I hate 'em.
They are fast and free of traffic jams  - I love that!
But they charge a fee and the rates keep going up - I hate that!

This is how it usually ends up. I get ready in the morning with every intention of having enough time to take the long way. But my hair is a mess, my son can't find his shoes and I forget my phone. UGH!

Toll roads again today. Various combinations of $.45 +$1.02 + $.68
Day after day it really adds up.

I try to take the long way home.

But the long way is such a drag especially when shorter/faster is right beside you shouting, "IF YOU'D TAKEN ME, YOU'D BE THERE ALREADY!" (Click to Tweet)

Do you ever feel like God is taking you the long way? 
He does this:

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter....Exodus 13:17

Don't you suppose it annoyed them knowing there was a faster route to get where they were going? They sure complained about everything else! But God could see what they couldn't. There was opposition on the shorter road. And God suspected they would abandon the journey all together if they had to face the threat of war. That was too steep a price to pay.

Maybe you see other people cruising along and your journey seems to stutter, stop and go. Trust God is taking you the long way for a reason and be grateful for unknown toll it doesn't take.

What is your experience on "the long way?"
Have you paid a toll for shorter/faster?


Michelle Haseltine said...

Living in Virginia outside of DC, I am very familiar with toll roads. My choice is often to take the long way! I usually enjoy the long way...taking in scenery, listening to music, thinking, praying! I never equated that with God taking me the long way. I'm 42 and single with the hope in my heart of being married I believe it's safe to say God is taking me the long way. Thank you for giving me a new way to appreciate the journey!

Lynn Marie Cherry said...

Thank you for stopping by Michelle. There is so much to appreciate about the long way! I'm learning :)