Follow What You Can…
Low visibility or uncertain futures can be handled the same
Last night I was spending some time with my family and noticed the billowing storm brewing up some madness outside. I had about an hour drive to make it back to my house from my parent’s home, and did not want to get caught in poor weather.
I decided to take off earlier than I normally do and head back before the worst of it. Immediately as I began driving the winds picked up and were blowing stuff all over the place. Easily 50 mph cross winds blowing all the cars between lanes.
About halfway into my drive home, the light rain turned to heavy snow, this was right at the time I approached the canyon road to head to my house. Cars started to slow their pace and turn on hazards.
I then picked my lane and went for it. There wasn’t snow on the ground just yet, but it was falling, and would soon be sticking to the road. I chose the far left lane, put my left tire on the yellow line and just followed that all the way up the canyon.
I’ve driven that canyon hundreds of time, and I know it quite well, but the visibility was the worst I’ve ever seen. Between the heavy winds and the snowfall it became dangerously hard to see. I kept good distance from other cars but mostly just focused on that line, as looking forward into the “jump to hyperspace” looking snowfall did me no good.
So I continued the drive up, and kept cruising along, and put my faith and trust in the ability to keep the car in the lane and near that line. I saw many other cars slowing to a near stop and trying to get a handle on the poor driving conditions.
I made it home in about an hour of driving, not much different than normal. I’m grateful for the safe trip back with no serious problems.
It seems in life that we run into this same low visibility situation nearly every day. We don’t often have clear skies to see the traffic and turns ahead of us in our personal journey.
We aren’t often even notified that there is a storm coming, and are left to adapt in the moment to what we can do next. It gets to be pretty difficult from time to time to know what we really should do next.
However, I find that even in life when we can’t see very far ahead of us and the snow is blinding our vision, that we still have that line to focus on. We still have our internal compass and desires to lead us in the right direction. We often forget that there is faith to be exerted and opportunity seized as we continue down the path with the full extent of our trust.
And then eventually the storm will clear up and you’ll be able to see a bit better. Even if you can’t see perfectly, if you can see at least a little in front of you, you can pick up the general trend of where you should be headed. You can make a few steps in the right direction and the fog will dissipate around you opening up more of the path in which way you should proceed.
Life gets a rep for being scarier and worse off than it needs to be, if we have trust in the things that really matter most and listen to the guidance we receive.