Rambling Roads

Alienmotives posted a line from Robert Frost from the poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening last night,  “The woods are lovely, dark and deep…but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep.”

I couldn’t help but think about distances, not just miles, but how people who’ve never met face to face are able to bridge distances and make a difference in others’ lives.

So many thoughts ramble through this duckie’s head every day I think most people would think I was nuts if they could see inside my head.  Yet so much of the thoughts run together, sometimes intersecting, other times parallel. I often write the same way things run through my head- in a meandering path that eventually ends up at the destination I’m trying to get to.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.    

Sometimes we start our lives journeys with others, only to find somewhere along the road we’ve found ourselves alone.

I believe God puts people in our lives for a reason.  Whether they are a lifelong friend or only for a season, or a stranger for only a few moments, to learn from and to teach, to act or offer a word that they or we needed to hear.

Sometimes someone will come into our life in a quiet way, but leave footprints all over our hearts. They leave for a time, and then you’re ready to encourage them when they come back.

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

This could be a story about friendship or journeys, as so often along the broken road we find someone there we needed to meet. Or it could be a story about going home again.

I have lots of heart bits and each of them have someone’s foot prints all over them. Sometimes it hurts- most often it hurts, but I think that’s what makes the journey worth traveling.  I hope on my road I’ve made a difference to those God gives to me for a season.

As you can tell, this is an open thread of rambling, but please feel free to share the songs that match your journey.

Note, special thanks to Robert Frost for his words to The Road Not Taken and JR Tolkien (Bilbo Baggins) for the Road Goes Ever On

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