On my way to the camp I was second guessing myself every few minutes and wondering if I was turning the wrong direction or driving miles out of my way because I didn't know where to turn exactly. I saw many roads that "could" have been right but didn't feel right. Finally we arrived, but only after a lot of effort and time.
The way back was smooth sailing. I knew the goal was my home... I knew what it looked like... I knew when I was getting close and I was confident in my abilities to get there. I passed those confusing roads with a sense of clarity that allowed me to get home quicker and with ease... almost as if I was on auto-pilot.
This reminds me of the biblical story of Peter walking on water. When he took his eyes off of Jesus and began looking at the waves around him, he lost his footing, began drowning and lost his faith in the ability to acheive what he set out to do. It was only when he kept his eye on where he was going and the God that promised to get him there that the reality of the waves couldn't even stop him. Peter's story has taught me a lot about what to focus on in life and this potentially scary world.
This also reminds me so much of a book I recently read by Lou Tice (Smart Talk). After reading Tice's book, I am seeing so much clearer that in order to excel in any area of life, I need a picture of what success in that area would look like to me so that I can drive forward... many times on auto pilot. It is so refreshing to know that I don't have to "white-knuckle" my way through life. It is also a lot of fun to dream about what success means to me as a mommy, wife, friend, professional, christian, etc.
I am not giving Tice's book justice here... his book is jam packed with wisdom and insight. If you haven't read it, I would make it your next read. It is easily one of the top five books I have ever read and second only to the Bible in changing my life.
Below are some pics from our surprisingly educational trip to the horse camp :)