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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Life lesson #4 on my trip to Honduras

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by Pam Roth
When was the last time you made a decision you wanted to change; but, it was too late?  You know what I’m talking about.  The kind of decision where you begin to question your rationale for making the decision in the first place. 

Well, join me on a decision that we made to travel down the road to Santa Rosa. 

Once Luisa and I got our rental car, we were off and ready to get to our first destination - Santa Rosa.  Our day started out wonderful.  The weather was perfect.  There was so much beauty to take in; we were caught up in conversation with each other and family members, Luisa stopped to visit along the way.

After traveling six hours, we had to make an important decision.  Should we press on and drive the rest of the way to Luisa’s mother’s home in Santa Rosa or should we stop along the way and finish the trip the next morning? 

Although nightfall was quickly approaching, we decided to complete our trip to Santa Rosa. After all, we had less than an hour to travel to reach our destination and the thought of resting in a bed at mama's house was compelling.  

On the heels of our decision, we were met with several obstacles.  First, the rain we had been driving in, off and on all day, began to come down harder.  Then, the sun set and it became more difficult to see...not only because of the rain; but, now the darkness. To add to the darkness, small villages that provided some sign of life became more scarce the further we drove; and the most difficult challenge was to find the road to Santa Rosa.

Even after considering all of the challenges, we decided to press on.  Luisa checked in with her mom to let her know our estimated time of arrival.  It was then, that her mom expressed a concern about traveling the road to Santa Rosa.  Honduras was experiencing its rainy season, so the roads were being eroded from the constant pounding of the rain.  The suggestion was for us to consider finding a place to stay overnight; however, that was becoming more difficult.

Believing we had to be close to the intersection for the road to Santa Rosa, we eliminated the option of trying to find another place to stay for the night.  Now, to find the directional sign in the dark and rain was what we were fixed on, so we continued down the road.  At one point, Luisa said, “I think that’s the road?”  Looking down the dark, muddy, red-clay road, I said, “Are you sure that’s the road you want to take?”  Since there wasn’t a sign, we both decided to drive to the next village and there, we would make a decision about what we should do.

When we reached the next village, Luisa made another phone call to her mother.  Yes, in fact, we had driven past the road and needed to turn around.  And once again the message came back with caution...“Be very careful if you decide to travel the road to Santa Rosa.”

By time we reached the intersection, we had already been driving an hour.  Some how, the directional sign was missing; but, thanks to Luisa’s mother, we could turn on the road with confidence knowing that we were coming to the end of our journey. 

Within minutes, we knew we were in for a long and difficult ride.  Luisa was carefully driving through the rain and I was helping her to navigate through the large sections of the road that were flooded or washed away.  Hoping that we would not tear up the undercarriage or destroy the tires on the car, we continued to go up and down over small rocky hills of clay the rain had produced on the road.  We were in total darkness, driving down this deserted road...quoting scripture, encouraging each other, and praying that we would reach our destination.

After what felt like an eternity, Luisa’s mother called again to check in on us.  When Luisa explained the conditions of the road, her mother said, “We’re coming after you.  Just keep driving, and we’ll make sure you get here safely.”  

Up to that point, we had only seen one truck on the road.  The road was desolate and we were thrilled to hear that help was on the way.  With the anticipation of someone coming to meet us, we felt a great sense of relief. 

You’ll never know how excited we were when we saw the truck lights in the distance.  The closer they got, the less stressed we felt.  It was just a matter of time now, and we would be off of this dangerous road.  Or so we thought.  That night, it took us two hours to travel what should have taken us forty five minutes.  It was a night that I will never forget.

What is your road to Santa Rosa?

What obstacles do you need to overcome?

Where does your confidence come from?

Who is there to keep you safe?

With all confidence, I can say that God is my protector.  In the midst of an uneducated decision, He was there to guide us safely down the road to Santa Rosa. 

It wasn’t until three days later, when we were traveling back, we learned of the dangers along that particular road.  Plus in the daylight, and after the rains had subsided, we were able to see sections of the road totally washed away and in disrepair.  Once again, we remarked on God’s hand of protection and the miracle it was to have safely made it to our destination. 

Psalm 91:1 - “Whoever goes to the Lord for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty can say to him, ‘You are my defender and protector. You are my God; in you I trust.’”

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Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
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•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
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