God Doesn’t Do Kansas Roads

A few years ago, my family traveled to Colorado for vacation. From our home in Illinois, it took us about 22 hours to reach Breckenridge, the pretty mountain town that was our destination. A good chunk of that time was spent on a stretch of road straight west through Kansas.

And when I say straight, I mean straight.

The road stretched to the horizon for miles ahead and miles behind, surrounded only by wind-blasted plains studded with wind turbines.

As I’m uncomfortable driving in the big, scary city, I drove this road. It was the most mind-numbing driving I’ve ever done, but at least there were no surprises.

In the distance, the Rocky Mountains gradually came into view. At first, they appeared as nothing more than shadowy, jagged edges on the horizon. But after many hours, their snowy peaks rose into full view, crisply defined against a cobalt sky.

I live in a place of stretching roads and 360-degree views, but I had never seen such a thing. To see one’s destination emerge over the course of hours was both disconcerting and reassuring.


Sometimes, I wish God worked that way. Some days, I’d like him to plunk me down at the start of a long, curveless road, so that I could see everything headed my way. No surprises, no unscheduled stops, and definitely no accidents.

But it seems that God prefers lots of bends in the road. At times, I don’t even feel like I’m driving. Instead, God unfurls the road in front of me as I travel on.

Recently, I’d been half-heartedly praying about a way to draw more income with freelance writing. I couldn’t see how that would happen, as I wasn’t able to invest time in finding a market for my work. Then I received an email with an offer from a writer friend who is retiring: would I like to write the copy for a nearby city’s hospital newsletter? The writing would be simple and mostly doable from home, and it would be months before my first deadline. For the amount of sweat equity, the money would be quite good.

Would I like to do it? Yes, thanks.

Of course, not all bends in the road are so materially profitable. But as God lays them before us, he sees that they are all for our good, and for his glory.

What have been some bends in your road lately? I always appreciate your thoughtful comments.

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. – Psalm 32:8

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5,6

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. – Jeremiah 33:3

because home wasn't built in a day




10 thoughts on “God Doesn’t Do Kansas Roads”

  1. This is powerful to me! For the last 10 years, the Lord has led me on a journey very much like you’ve so eloquently described. Much of this journey was and has been unknown and extremely uncomfortable, but the Lord’s reminded me that as bleak and barren as things may seem, continue to do Psalm 37 says, “feed on His faithfulness.” A lot of the places I’ve traveled and the things He’s put on my plate to do, haven’t been financially the most lucrative, but the Lord has supplied my needs and I’ve learned to be content. What I’ve discovered along the way is that God often times uses these times in our lives to prepare and equip us for where He’s ultimately leading us, while sustaining us in the process.

    One of my power scriptures for this time has been Deuteronomy 8: 2-5
    “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. 3 So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. 5 You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you.

    So as I read this message, it describes exactly where I am, and I know and believe it. Sure there were times in years past where I wanted to walk right in, but I see clearly now that it wasn’t time, but NOW, something is different. I often times sit in meditation wondering what Joshua felt as the the Jericho wall came into view as the mountains you saw. I mean really, it had been forty years on a long winding road, seemingly with no en…d in sight. There may not have been any wind turbines, but I’m sure their trek was just as challenging. I often times wonder what he felt as he found himself in a place with the promised land in view. So as I read your message, God said to me, now you see it, now you feel it. Continue obeying My voice and commands and you’ll walk right into the place I’ve been leading you. Don’t let anxiety cause you to make premature moves just because you see Me working things out, stay the course.

    Even though writing for the hospital newspaper may not be that ultimate destination that the Lord has prepared for you, it was His way of giving you a little nudge, a little taste of the fruit that’s before you.

    “And they ate of the produce of the land on the day after the Passover, unleavened bread and parched grain, on the very same day. 12 Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land; and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year….Joshua 5:11-12

    Keep following as the Lord leads and guides and you’ll walk right into the place He’s prepared….This message really spoke to me, THANKS A BUNCH!

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  2. Beautiful. Yes, I rode these straight highways not too long ago, facing the setting sun. It was difficult to see. I like your analogy on how God places curves along the road of life. I think similarly like the sun in our eyes – they all help us to focus on Him – particularly when we can’t see far ahead in our lives. 🙂

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