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It happened again.

It’s a long haul from Beaverton to Sudbury – 307 K to be exact – and driving is certainly not one of my favorite things to do.  However, my daughter, grandson and very-soon-to-be-son-in-law live in the Sudbury area and it was definitely time for another visit.  It was actually a really nice day for a drive – the sun was shining and the roads were clear.  My husband had stocked the car with CDs and I had stocked the car with chocolate so I was good to go.

Google had told me to go one way and the GPS had tempted me to take a short cut so I completely missed my exit and ended up stopping at a gas station to find my bearings.  When the gas attendant discovered that I was living in Beaverton, he was convinced that I should know a friend of his who lived in that area, so convincing him otherwise took some time.  The wrong turn and the long discussion changed my estimated time of arrival in Sudbury. I jumped back into the car, pumped up the music and headed north.

Then it happened – Chris Tomlin singing “Unfailing Love.”

The lyrics of this song moved me to tears. Again.  I had to pull to the side of the road. Again. The same thing happened a couple of months ago, on a return trip from Sudbury.

When I think about all the times that I have loved poorly or not loved at all,  it grieves my heart.  When I reflect upon those times when profound loneliness has gripped me, it triggers painful memories.  There have been agonizing moments when I have felt hopeless BUT because of His unfailing love, I have been able to choose Hope.  I have hung onto Him but by a thread but He has hung onto me with a strong hand.  How beautiful is His unfailing love.  He is a Rock.

Scripture encourages us to “remember when”. It’s humbling to think about where I have been and empowering to think about where God has brought me.  I don’t ever want to forget those moments when I was “lying in the dust” (Psalm 119: 25) but I don’t need to stay there either.  When I am reminded of His faithfulness and love for me, (which happens in unexpected ways and at unexpected times) I want to slow down, pull over to the side of the road and be overwhelmed with His presence.  Then life continues to unfold, I put my seat belt on and head back onto the highways of life.

This song really moves me.  Allow God to move you.

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  1. Marion Wragge

    His unfailing love….yes, Diane, we both know what that is in huge ways. Ways I can never forget and how God is my Rock, My Fortress and Strong Tower. That when we are in the dust He doesn’t let go or stop loving us. Wow! Great reminder.
    Keep up the writing. Love your insights and style and humour too.

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