Friday, July 8, 2016

Freestyle Friday - Adventure


I've always considered myself to be someone who is up for an adventure.

On one of our earliest hikes, on the Turkey Creek trail near my apartment in Austin, Tim and I came to a Y in the trail.

To the left ... a broad, smooth trail that generally followed the lazy path carved by the (now dry) creek.



To the right ... a rocky trail climbed upward where it disappeared into the trees at the top of the hill.


Almost at the same time, we agreed to take the more adventurous trail.  We ended up finding a beautiful rock outcropping and sat and had one of the deepest conversations we had yet at that point. Something about that struck me, and our life has been an adventure almost ever since.

We've been through a lot ... roughly five moves. Three worlds-different careers for Tim. Two children. One life-threatening complication. More car trouble in the latter half of my driving years than I ever experienced in the first half!

When something unexpected changes our plans, I call it an adventure. I know my mood will dictate the girls' moods. So Tuesday when we came out of the grocery store with a flat tire, (after angry mom tore the car apart looking for quarters), we basked in God's provision in an air conditioned waiting area with free coffee.

Then on Wednesday, with a mildly drugged Shelby in the back seat, I thought I hit a bird. There was a loud "BOOF" at the front of the car. I hadn't seen a bird, but that was the only thing I could think of until droplets of water began to appear on the windshield.

I don't know if you're familiar with Texas in the summer ... but with skies like there were that day I knew it wasn't rain. It could only be one thing, radiator fluid. Which was confirmed as the spray increased. I slowed ... put on the flashers ... and pulled over. Steam was pouring out from under the hood.

Is that supposed to look like that?
"What's going to happen to us?" Shelby asked. I just had to laugh. We're having another adventure Shelby. "I don't know sweetheart, but I know God loves us and I know He knew this would happen. He has a plan." I try to think of every hiccup as an adventure I didn't plan on ... a Y in the trail where I may be taking the longer, more difficult route ... but I trust that the reward is going to be worth it!

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