Saturday, July 06, 2013
I look back over my life and find it incredible how my likes, dislikes, philosophy, wants, needs—well, everything has changed over the years. It reminds me so much of taking a trip.
As you travel (on a trip) you have good roads with smooth sailing. You have hills to climb and vales to rest in. You pass through many communities and see many people busy about their activities. Sometimes you have a direction to go and feel an urgency to get there; other times you slow down, loiter, and enjoy the scenery. You have muddy roads that bog you down, and you might even have to have help to get out of the bog. Or you might be the one that stops to help a stranger in need.
We watch people drive into the various communities and wonder what life was like there. What makes many of them happy? Why are some so sad? Then we reach the end of our journey and we, too, leave the highways for a community.
Just because we are no longer on the road doesn't make the road stop, nor does it make us no longer a person. We're just rewarded for having completed the trip. And we can enjoy the family we haven't seen for years, and continue to enjoy the beauty of our surroundings.
So it is with life. We travel along the road of life with similar hills, vales, smooth sailing, muddy roads—and then we reach our final destination. The road is still there and we still exist, but we are no longer traveling along that road. We have our peace and rest. But leaving the road didn't make us cease to be who we are. We're just rewarded for having completed the trip. And we can enjoy the family we haven't seen for years, and continue to enjoy the beauty of our surroundings.
Yes, life goes on beyond the veil of death. My dear, dear friends, we mourn when we lose a loved one, but he/she just completed their trip and left the road , they didn't quit existing.
And neither do we.