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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Life Lessons are Often Steps of Faith/MANN
while returning to Ontario from Alberta, I listened to an audio book by Richard
Paul Evans, entitled, A Step of Faith.
Evans has a skill of introducing his reader to the main characters various
experiences as he walked across the United States, encountering and reflecting
on lessons in life. In many ways, I identified with this book, as I thought
about the past two weeks, renewing acquaintances, meeting new people, and enjoying
more than one surprise of unexpected emotions. Each day offered life-lessons in
as driving too late, making it difficult to find accommodations; eating too much
late in the day risking loss of sleep; failing to keep the cooler stocked causing
lack of healthy snacks continued to test our choices. These may seem like trite
cause-and-effect situations, but they were vital to the peace and harmony of
two people in the enclosed space of a van. In addition, I was often reminded of
Dr. Phil’s repetitive question, “How’s that working for you?” after we’d made particular
decisions or choices.
potential lessons of life through various encounters, relationships, weather
conditions, even road-construction made the trip interesting in the midst of what
might seem at times, tedious or mundane. Husband Doug, is an excellent driver
and never shares this responsibly with me—probably easier for both of us.
A statement from
A Step of faith resonated with me: “The strength of a friendship can be
measured by the weight of the burden it is willing to share. To test it, just
ask someone to help you move.” This short quote works in a variety
of circumstances—you could change the last word “to travel across Canada,
wallpaper a room together or give your wife driving lessons.” A valuable life-lesson
in caring and supportive ways is being conscious of one another’s needs while
I was amazed at the
similarities that I experienced in comparison to Richard Paul Evans’ character:
travelling outside a group, staying with people or on our own, accepting
assistance, acknowledging challenges, allowing surprises, and accepting the
unknown and the unexpected. The routine of asking God for travelling mercies
and God’s blessing at meal times was important in the midst of making choices
on the walk without the usual familiarity of technology, favourite chair and the
expected resources we have our fingertips. As the days and the miles disappeared
behind us, our feelings of becoming a nomad increased and the familiarity of
home faded as a new dependency of God’s care developed.
My purpose in
going west was to introduce and promote a book set in this town where we had
once lived. Life-lessons wove through my every day experiences as I renewed
friendships, explored the prairie town, walked in the cemetery, talked to the
people and sat on the church steps. Put together, it helped me to reflect on
the many life-lessons these folks had initiated while encouraging and
contributing to the book.
lesson and unpacking it to carry us through the rest of the journey . . . is
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