When the Road Veers to the Right
Have you ever experienced a point in your life when something has finally started to get better, or it feels like it’s going to get better and then, suddenly, it veers to the right or left and does not, in fact, get better, but does, in fact, seem to get worse? At least in your estimation?
And there you are thinking, “it should have gone this way,” or “why didn’t it go this way?” When I get to this point of wondering what in the world Heavenly Father is thinking, why I can’t seem to have my way, and my faith starts to wane, I think of a road drawing I have used in my gospel doctrine class.
Here’s how it starts. We’re on a road:
On this road, there are several side roads, but the truth is, we’re not heading that way. God told us to go straight ahead (for this illustration – the truth is, you could be veering left or right, but I’m trying to keep things simple):
But we don’t want to go straight, because as we pass the side roads, they look awesome! They look like the right way to go! I mean, look! Awesomeness abounds! At least from what we can see as we pass them:
All we can see in front of us is a road stretching out forever. And ever. Sometimes, we get tired, we lose jobs, we lose spouses, we lose children. All the while, we’re tentatively going, trusting and following, feeling sorrow at times for what we have lost or missed. But the truth is, we’re going to turn a corner eventually –it’s up here:
And around that corner, in a place we cannot see, we are going to find something better than we could ever have imagined:
What is that great thing? Whatever amazing thing you can imagine. Sometimes it’s meeting a person to marry. Sometimes it’s a job. Perhaps it’s a change in a college major or a mission call. For some, it’s children, either coming biologically or through adoption and/or fertility treatments. Sometimes it’s grandchildren or temple sealings. For sure, it’s eternal life.
Regardless of the reward, we need to keep going. Those side roads, those distractions? They aren’t worth it. Not at all, especially if God has asked you to run past them. However, if we truly are distracted and choose to take them, we most certainly could find our way back –in fact, we may be stronger for it. But it could take us many years to get back on the right path, and meanwhile, some of those things waiting for us may have to move on (such as biological children).
So, what is my point? Keep going. Keep your faith. Trust that Heavenly Father knows you and knows what is best for you. Go, go, go and find what amazing awesomeness your patience and perseverance will bring you – especially when the road veers a little to the right.
- How has your road veered to the right?
- Has your patience and perseverance ever brought you something better than you had hoped?