My GPS often directs me to unknown places and I used to think it had something out for me. I would end up going down dirt roads and in the wrong direction when I blindly followed and then I would hear that snarky “recalculating” when I tried to go another way. It was not a surprise then on my recent return home that I ended up in Lost River State Park on treacherous narrow twisting roads that climbed to stomach churning heights. It eventually opened to a breathtaking view of the mountains and valleys below. I stepped out briefly in one of the few places I could pull over to take a picture which does not do the awesome scenery justice. The sun was still behind the ridge and the bare trees obscured most of the view but it was breathtaking just the same.
Descending this mountain ridge was heart stopping at times. The narrow road, covered with leaves and difficult to see had several switchbacks and it began to snow. I wondered what my GPS was doing sending me home this way, was this really the “fastest route” home? “Really!” I said out loud ” What am I doing here?” The steep unguarded banks of the road and thoughts of getting lost here tightened the grip on my steering wheel as I drove at a crawl down the mountain praying all the way.
On the way down one pickup truck passed me, definitely a local who had no difficulty navigating the road. I still have no idea how he made it around me on the narrow turn. Once the road opened to a more pastoral spacious area my breathing and my grip on the wheel eased. I was grateful. Not only to have arrived safely through the mountain pass but for the opportunity to see and experience it. It wasn’t until I returned home and Googled a map of the place that I saw there was another simpler way to go. The GPS did it again but this time I am grateful for the remarkable views of the journey and the testing of my ability. Some of the best growing I do is when tested. I highly recommend a trip to this beautiful place and plan to return one day to really enjoy it. Lost River State Park
Enjoy the journey, rerouting and all.
You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Psalm 139:5 NIV