STOP FOR DIRECTIONS by Bo Sanchez
In my life, I have found three places that give me a deep sense of the presence of God: 1) A scenic mountain with lovely forests; 2) A tranquil beach under a blue sky; 3) And the passenger seat of Roger's red '86 Corolla.
You see, my friend Roger drives like a mad man. Once he starts driving, those riding with him instinctively reach for their wallets and tearfully kiss the photos of their loved ones.
Every time I ride with him, my prayer life is enhanced. Deepened. Invigorated. It feels as though Heaven becomes so near to my soul.
One fateful day, I was riding with him again. We were blazing through a highway like a cruise missile. Roger looked at me and said, "Bo, I have good news and bad news for you."
"What's the good news?" I inquired between my Hail Mary's.
"We're efficiently moving at an average speed of 140 kph."
Involuntary spasms shot through my body. "Are you trying to tell me that we'll be arriving at our destination in no time?"
"That's the bad news..."
"We're lost. I have no idea where we are."
"Stop this car NOW!" I screamed.
We screeched to a halt, asked around, got info, and turned back: We were efficiently and swiftly driving towards the opposite direction. At 140 kph!
I realize that's no isolated incident among human beings. We're prone to commit the same idiocy: We get busy, do a million things, hop here and there, move fast, get efficient.
But gosh, efficiently going where?
What are your highest dreams, anyway?
Your deepest aspirations?
What do you think will give you gut-level, soul-deep joy?
Stop for awhile.
Take a break.
Read a map of life.
Know His dreams for you.
When I was thirteen years old, I saw myself doing two things: preaching to a crowd of people and helping the poor. After many years, those two dreams are reality.
I'm a preacher.
And I built ANAWIM, a home for the abandoned elderly and a few orphans.
I've made a decision.
I'm not riding with Roger again until I'm 80. (No matter how much he assists me with my spiritual life.)
Because I think I still have a few more God-Dreams to fulfill
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