This picture was taken in early January on my hike through the snowy woods of one of the many trails belonging to the Lake County Forest Preserve. Winter may not be my thing, but there is nothing quite like bundling up, strapping on your boots, and hitting the trails in search of a beauty you can only get in God’s creation.

This snapshot in particular was taken off the beaten path in the wetlands by my house. I ventured away from the confines of the trail to see what else was out there and found myself a few miles from home. I went through trees, brush, and cattails, even crossing over water to the solid ground of another section of trail. It is quite scary knowing you could be completely submerged in icy waters if the unstable-seeming ice gave in, but a few stress cracks did not scare me enough to keep me from getting to where I wanted to go.

Photo Credit: Ryan Magnuson/Trail BlazerRy
Photo Credit: Ryan Magnuson/Trail BlazerRy

How many of you have been cruising along and minding your own business, when, all of a sudden, you came to a screeching halt? You too? I’m glad I’m not the only one. It turns out that some idiot blew a stop sign, swerved, crashed into the side of that 2014 Ford Explorer, and caused a massive pile up on the road you always take to work. Thankfully no one was seriously injured, but now the fire fighters and police have shown up and blocked off your route until who knows when. You think to yourself “why did this have to happen” and “how am I going to get to where I need to go now?”

When we hear the term “roadblock”, we think of a barrier. We think of something that hinders us and keeps us from getting to where we want to go. We encounter these things not only while we are driving, but in our daily lives as well. You are working a job you cannot stand and are having a difficult time finding a meaningful career or passion. Roadblock. You lost someone close to you and cannot come to terms with their absence. Roadblock. You are trying to develop a relationship with someone, but the distance apart is slowing the process down. Roadblock. You are constantly trying to be positive and upbeat about life, but it keeps finding ways to knock you down. Roadblock. It seems like life is full of these nuisances, things which make it hard to believe that the best things in life will truly come our way. Whatever your thoughts on the issue at hand, I will tell you that your perception can be the deciding factor in reaching a desired outcome. Put simply, glass half empty or glass half full?

A roadblock can be viewed in one of two ways. You can either see it as an impassable object and give up or as a test of your patience and strength as you chase some of the greatest things life has to offer. I’m not going to tell anyone how to live their life, but I know how I will live mine.

Will you throw in the towel or will you fight?


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