“Where on Earth are you taking us Jennifer?”

“Mom, do you even know where we are?”

“No, I don’t.  But I trust that Jennifer does and eventually we will pop out somewhere that I recognize.  Just have faith that she knows what she’s doing and enjoy the view!”

That was the conversation my son and I had last weekend as we drove home from a lovely day’s outing.  I had successfully navigated my way to a new city to take him and his friend to an indoor trampoline park that has recently opened.  When it came time to go home, I decided to use the GPS navigation system in the car because I thought it would take us a more direct route back (we have named the lovely calm voice Jennifer).

As we meandered down country lanes and appeared to get further and further into no-man’s land, I began to doubt my decision not to go the old, more familiar way home; even if it wasn’t the best or most efficient way at least I would know where we were! Had I typed the wrong destination into the direction request and we were going somewhere completely different to home?

And then I thought, Well, we have lots of time and I trust Jennifer will lead us somewhere eventually.  It doesn’t really matter where we are right now because the journey is part of the experience.  I’ll just enjoy the view along the way and we can at least say we’ve been somewhere that we’ve never been before! 

The reason I am sharing this story with you is because it got me thinking about how much of a coincidence this experience was to life.  We sometimes feel lost and confused when in fact, if we just had more faith and continued the journey we would eventually come out the other side and  be back in familiar territory once more.  And faith is so important  — to trust that you are on the right path and being led for a reason, so just sit back and go for the ride!  Jennifer could see the bigger picture that I was not in a position to see, so I needed to trust her and allow her to guide me until I felt comfortable enough to take over the responsibility again myself.

Our lives are constantly presenting us with situations that need our attention, and how we handle those things and the decisions we make will determine our life’s direction.  But when we are coping with difficulties in our life, our ability to see life as normal is sometimes impaired.  Our emotions take over our lives and for a period of time “we can’t see the woods for the trees”.  It is during this time that it is even more important to trust the journey you are on, and know that you will be OK in the end.  Just because you may not be able to understand the bigger picture does not mean that your guide is wrong! The most important thing is to just keep going and not to question every little thing along the way.  By relaxing into the journey, you take the stress away and when you are not stressed or worried, your ability to function improves and you feel better.

  1. It doesn’t matter what route you take, as long as you know the destination
  2. There is no right or wrong way, it is just ONE of the ways.
  3. It may take you longer than someone else but you will eventually get there too
  4. You cannot compare the journey to someone else’s because you will have a different view along the way
  5. If we always take the same route, we will never see new sights or have new experiences
  6. Trust the journey you are being taken on — it takes the stress away
  7. Have faith and know that all will be OK in the end.

The road you are on may not always make any sense to you but some day you will look back and remember the journey you took.  It is a memory and experience you have that will stay with you as you travel along the many roads of life.  And if the opportunity arises for you to take a new yet unknown path, take it — trust the bigger picture and have faith to be led.