Country Road with Unknown Destination

When I visit my sister in Michigan, we frequently have an adventure.

Last weekend we had both driven to a community college event.
When we left the event her car wouldn’t start. So we hooked up jumper cables from my car to her car, and after a half hour her car was running. She needed to keep the engine running so I followed her to her place of work. She had to pick up some files. She left her car running while I parked next to her car.

After another half hour we were on our way to her home. Or so
I thought. I followed her car, passing by the expressway
ramp that I thought we should take. My sister was going down
a country road that I did not recognize.

What's Our Destination?
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It was a beautiful day. She kept driving and I had no idea where we were going. I thought about pulling out my cell phone, but I’m trying to avoid using the cell phone while driving.

I was a little irritated, but she’s my sister. We are family and so I just followed. We finally stopped at a cider mill. It was worth it. The cider and doughnuts were delicious. Why didn’t she tell me? She had the idea while driving. We used to go to a cider mill with our parents when we were kids.

In the bigger picture, I sometimes don’t understand the path that God has for me. Some things don’t make sense. My brother has had a     tragic struggle with mental illness over the last 47 years. His health is    fragile, and I am his guardian. It is difficult.

My son was just eight years old when he lost his battle with cancer. It doesn’t make sense now. But I believe I will see him again someday. The puzzle pieces of this life will make a complete picture in eternity.

God’s plan of salvation is woven all through the Bible. The prophecies and promises have been fulfilled, are still being fulfilled. I have seen answers to prayer. I have a relationship with Jesus. I have faith in God.

So if I can trust my sister on a puzzling drive down a country road, I can trust God with all that I encounter in this life.

Linking with Word of God SpeakWeekend WhispersThought Provoking Thursday and WholeHearted Wednesday

By Carol

Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.


  1. Your story of your sister and the cider mill made the point so well that we can trust God on the unknown path He is leading us on. I am so deeply sorry about the loss of your son. What an indescribable grief that must be. The example of your continued trust in God is beautiful.

    1. Elizabeth, thank-you for your kind comment. I have enjoyed your blog. It is encouraging to share our walk of faith. Have a blessed week!

  2. I love country roads and the unexpected places they can take us. You have a wonderful attitude about acceptance of God’s fate for you! I’ll be holding this post in my mind for many days to come. Blessings!

    1. Carrie, thank-you for visiting. It is so good that when we find ourselves in unexpected places, we have a heavenly Father watching over us.

  3. Cheryl I have just lifted you in prayer. You have been through some seasons and sounds like you are still on a journey. What a sweet post and time with your sister! I can just see that now. I would be so scared if my car had acted up to get on a country road, but God. Great post. I’m your neighbor this morning at Freshly Brewed Life.

    1. Debbie, thank-you for your prayer. I guess we all are on a journey–and God sees us. He is faithful. Have a blessed week.

  4. Carol, Your faithful heart is beautiful. Though He slay you, yet you will trust in Him! God often takes us down winding roads to get us to His destination. It’s finding joy in the journey that we need to work on! Thank you for sharing. Joining you today from Thought Provoking Thursday.

  5. Bless your dear heart! You have had more than your share of heartaches, and there are so many things in this life that are hard to understand. Thank you for this precious post. We are in a puzzling season right now, wondering about things, but I appreciate your reminder that God always has our best interests at heart. May He bless and comfort you and give you the strength you need each day while caring for your dear brother.

    1. Cheryl, thank-you for your kind words. Although I am the guardian for my brother I do not provide his daily care. I am grateful for care-givers and do my best to support them. My deepest prayer is that my brother will know God’s love for him and realize that Jesus died to save him too.

  6. Thank you for sharing your heart in such a poignant God-honoring way.

    The unknown country road was a perfect illustration of how our lives can seem sometimes, but the apple cider and donuts shows us the blessings that comes with every path the Lord takes us down, even if that blessing isn’t realized until heaven… He redeems everything in our lives.

    I have been blessed to visit here today. 🙂

    1. Karen, thank-you for visiting. Yes, I believe God will redeem everything. I am learning the importance of an eternal perspective.

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