I am certain you have figured out by now I have been off tagging along behind these three on another hiking trip. Well to be absolutely truthful--I did a little bit of hiking and a lot of driving and people watching. I still have not figured out how I became the designated driver for this trip. Our other trip buddies usually do the driving, but somehow I got elected this trip. I believe I heard some nonsense about me being used to "Big City Driving". Who EVER gets used to that??? The other thing I heard was something about not really enjoying driving---AGAIN--WHO DOES?? Before the week was over I began to feel like Hoke from "Driving Miss Daisy."
I really did not mind driving--much--as long as I had a good navigator. Traveling a lot alone, I have learned to put the phone GPS in my lap to help with the navigation. This can lead to missed exits, wrong turns, and being three lanes away from the one needed. FRUSTRATING! Even Hoke relied upon Miss Daisy's directions when traveling in unfamiliar territory.
It would seem there should be no problem with having someone to help me to navigate with three extra bodies in the car. WRONG! I am confessing to being a grouchy old woman more than once during our week away. We drove quite a few miles--IN THE MOUNTAINS--on unfamiliar roads--in unfamiliar cities, and there were times my navigators went to sleep on me---LITERALLY! Other times they seem to have forgotten I needed help---whatever the reason I was trying to negotiate difficult conditions and not getting the help I needed. I am embarrassed to say I lost my cool more than once and might have even made a couple of idle threats. Stress brings out my not so nice side, unfortunately.
By the end of the week, we were doing better and managing to get to our destinations with not many mess ups. The wonderful thing about great friends is we are a lot like family- all is forgiven and forgotten before the day has ended. I might have been perturbed a couple of times, but it was not a capital offense.
It was a wonderful reminder of how much we all need a navigator in our lives as we travel down this road called life. How much better to look to the master map maker for directions on the direction we should go rather than bumbling and stumbling down the wrong paths. When we forget to ask directions and fail to look at "The Map", we often suffer the consequences of our mis-guided ways. We all need a Master Navigator in our lives! The path may not be easy--but how much better to have One to give us directions as we travel down the road. Never take a step without consulting Your Navigator.
Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day.