Many streams wind their way through Lancaster County Pennsylvania. Due to the terrain, the streams wind around sometimes so close that they almost touch. Looking at a map it seems a little ridiculous that they wind so much. If the terrain was flat, it would be easy to shorten them by getting rid of the loops.
I mapped out one stream – the Mill Creek winds a total of 26.7 miles. If all the loops and turns were removed and it ran a straight line, it would only be 16.3 miles. Not quite half but a significant drop.
But why? What difference does it make whether it runs 16, 26 or 50 miles. Sure it takes up more real estate but it adds beauty and character along the way. What difference does it make if it takes the water longer to reach it’s destination? Do we always need to be concerned with efficiency and speed when we are traveling?
Our lives make a lot of turns. We have setbacks and turns. We have rapids and quiet slow periods. We have rocks and dams and falls. But we keep going and all those challenges add beauty to who we are.
Be blessed in your turns today. Don’t worry about the speed with which you travel. Enjoy the beauty of the journey.
Exodus 3:17-19 New International Version (NIV)
17 And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’
18 “The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has metwith us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrificesto the Lord our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him.