This picture was taken in August of 2011 at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Being in this beautiful place was a great way to end a solid trip, which included my first time being in the Twin Cities. While Minnesota and Wisconsin are just north of Illinois, you often feel like you are in a different world when getting out into the wilderness. It is a great escape for sure.
This shot in particular is of some abandoned train tracks that still reside on the grounds. Although they appeared unused for some time, walking beside them surrounded by brush, tall trees, and the rocky hills while staring off into the bright blue sky allowed me to experience them in their use. Every time a train used these tracks it was to get somewhere it needed to go; a journey if you will. It had a course of action, a plan to follow, and somewhere it needed to be. It had a purpose.
Every time I look at this picture, which is quite a bit to be honest, I think about my own journey. Sure, I have an idea of where I want to be, but have no clue as to where I will end up. There are a lot of things in my life that I love, and I feel like I am fulfilling many purposes even as we speak, but I feel like I was meant for more. Do I know what that “more” entails? Absolutely not! I just know that it is not up to me to decide.
So what am I getting at here? Basically, I am trying to say that this is my journey, but not my plan. God wrote His plan for me long before I even knew what a journey was, so it is up to me to live this life the best I can while I still have it. Does it get confusing and frustrating at times? It sure does. Do I question things sometimes? You bet I do. Do I ever doubt for a second that things will turn around? Not a chance. We were never promised an easy journey, but we were promised something worthwhile. Embrace your days and purpose and you will get just that.
“Life is a journey, not a destination.”