A Bend in the Road

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“I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I am going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination of its own, that bend. I wonder how the road beyond it goes – what there is of green glory and soft, checkered light and shadows – what new landscapes – what new beauties – what curves and hills and valleys farther on.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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I’ve always been intrigued with a “bend in the road,” that unseen path ushering one into the future.   When I turn the corner what will I find?  Will there be joy or sorrow?  Pain or pleasure?  I sometimes wonder, shouldn’t I be uneasy about what is beyond?  Isn’t the “fear of the unknown” man’s greatest fear?

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Sometimes a bend in the road brings a dazzling vista of infinite splendor.  Other times with great hope and anticipation of encountering a new landscape, we round the bend and with bitter disappointment find no change at all, the scenery remains the same.  Take the bend yet another time and you discover an arduous path, a steep climb or a rapid descent.  And sometimes you turn the corner and unexpectedly find a roadblock giving you no choice but to turn around and return to the trailhead.

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Life is full of “bends in the road.”  Some bends unveil a glorious view,….a marriage, a baby, a dream job, while others reveal a challenge,….an illness, a loss, or a failure.   Whatever is around your bend in the road know this, you don’t have to walk that path alone.  Jesus will lovingly take your hand and travel alongside you.  Perhaps that is why I approach each bend in the road, not with fear and trepidation, but with hopeful anticipation because I know that whatever lies ahead, I don’t have to face it alone.

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