Wednesday, June 18, 2008

On the Road

On the Road, originally uploaded by chanchanchepon.
I took this photo in Morgantown back earlier this spring when I was working on finding ways to walk/bike to most places I would need to visit around town. It's amazing how much you can do without a car. If one is willing to set aside a little bit of extra time for travel, between biking, the bus, and walking, you can get virtually anywhere in this town.

But unfortunately, travel beyond the town is not nearly as simple. And over the next few days I will be doing a lot of that. From Fairmont to Columbus, OH, to Lake of the Ozarks, MO, I will be traveling many miles. For some reason, it feels like my life is becoming more and more lived on the go. Even when I was stationed in Wilmington, NC for three weeks, I still had a short period where I had to drive to Richmond, VA.

All of the travel is great tho. I like the road. I like seeing old friends and family after a long journey. And as much as I hate leaving, I like the thought that there will be more great people to connect with at the next destination.

And beyond that, I love the journey. If I can stay away from my cell phone (not always easy), I have some great extended times for prayer, for reflection, for meditation, and for God to speak into my life. Outside of being in a car, it's kind of hard these days to sit in one place for long. But I don't think it's just me--seems like we are a mobile culture.

It seems like we are always on the go. In the middle of all of our going, it is sometimes difficult just to be. But perhaps, that is one advantage of walking, riding, pedaling, and then driving long distances--we are unable to do a lot of other tasks as we journey. We are able to be reminded of our unique value as God's chiildren, and we have a space into which He may speak, if we are willing to unplug the ipod for a minute to listen.

I don't know what my internet access will be like for the next few days--I've had some spotty access lately. Hopefully I will be a little more regular again starting next week. It's always a bit challenging to do much communicating, even to blog, on the road.

1 comment:

batdog said...

You will have internet in Columbus. :)

Stoked Bro.