We have this ratty old atlas at our house that has been part of our family for over 10 years. It has joined us on many a road trip. It's served as a "desk" for coloring projects, a "table" for cereal in front of Saturday morning cartoons, and has all sorts of colored circles, dots, and routes that have been used to mark trips or explain different locations to a curious child. The cover is now completely gone, but it still serves it's purpose and I don't foresee it leaving our family any time in the near future.
Because it's old, and because roadways are constantly changing, sometimes even the most well planned driving routes have to be changed mid-trip. Road construction, new bi-passes, a desire to venture off onto a more scenic route, all good reasons for changing our course. Sometimes the changes are chosen, sometimes they are not, but ultimately we always arrive at our destination and often have a fun story to tell of our adventures.
Life has just put one of those unexpected detours into our lives, throwing a new turn into what we previously thought was a smooth, well chosen road. This particular detour was not part of OUR plan and has caused some initial panic as we start to figure out a new route. But through the stress and tears, we have received an amazing out pouring of love and support. It really is often in times of struggle when we're reminded that we're not alone on our travels. There are people all along the way willing to lend a hand, a hug, an ear, words of encouragement, a shoulder to cry on, a smile. We are so blessed to have so many of those people in our lives.
We have our health, our family, and our friends. Maintaining some perspective on the situation has reminded us of the many blessings we have even through this time of adversity. Not everyone who faces unexpected detours is so lucky. I'm filled with optimism, and a sense of peace, that this detour is only a temporary stress and the beginning of a new, wonderful adventure. Thank you to all who have been there to share your love and offer your support while we start down this new, unknown path. Our hearts are overflowing, and the world a kinder place, because of your generosity.