It’s midnight …and I am just now sitting down to write. I am so excited…for real. I get to finally tell it like it is…or, should I say, reveal who I am. Generally, people only see what stands before them. But they can’t help it; after all, life is just too busy for us to see past the moment we are in.
But not me, right now, I seriously contemplate and focus on myself as I look in the mirror. Oh my, I am truly grateful for hair dye, red lipstick and flashy bling! God, thank you for the beauty supply industry! My future would certainly be less…uh…vibrant…without such additions…giggle. Oh, sorry, I got sidetracked!
Okay, let me get back to my story. It is time to open up my memories and heart to the places I have been and to the things that have left their mark in my life. NOT for the purpose of sharing alone, but purposely to reflect on the things hidden in my past that Jesus had to touch and remodel years later. So here we go…
Oh wait, first let me go ahead and surprise many of you right up front. One of my heart’s desires for most of the last 10 years has been to get on a Harley and drive cross country by myself. I am thinking I would have on black knee boots, jeans, big loops and hair (freshly dyed) blowing in the breeze. The thought of this trip makes my heart twirl…to be free to sight see, explore, and ride the wind. Wow.
Now this may seem gypsy or hippy-ish to you, and it probably is! But the truth of the matter is, my body, soul and spirit were “damage” restricted through much of my life – so that when Jesus set me free – I hungered to embrace freedom any way I could! My mind was set free, my destiny, my purpose, my identity! (Oh, did you catch it? I am driving. I haven’t yet met the man that I trust to drive me. But that is another story…) So, on we go. For the sake of the story line, come cruise with me.
The trip I dream about is all about the wind, hills, open fields, and authority to drive. I have a place to go and a destiny to meet. I feel 16 (going on 53) with the world in front of me! Time has no meaning, for in the waiting God works His special power. You know…when He prepares you for the days and years ahead and the choices that must be made. I so understand when His Word says, “…you have been put in this position for such a time as this”.
Back to the trip… If you would, please focus and get a mental picture of me cruising down a long hilly highway at about 80 m.p.h., simply intent on living life as I know it. Only thing is, I am going too fast, my Harley is loaded with responsibilities and pressure, I can barely see the open fields anymore and exploring has no available time on my agenda. Tired of this journey and nearing the end of my map of directions, I come atop the final hill and have to hit the brakes hard. Rocks flying, I slide to a stop. There before me is a T in the road, a cross road, or possibly from some perceptions, a dead end – because life as I know it just changed.
Been there? Can you imagine my tires squealing, heart pounding, and pure adrenaline at the challenge I am suddenly faced with?
For real…I stood up, put the kickstand down, and took off my helmet and glasses. I shook out my hair…and smiled. Freedom!!!
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Patti Corbello Archer