Traveling: Layovers, Pit Stops & Roadside Dives

I remember when my husband and I headed to our son’s school for Family Weekend with lots of anticipation—but no hotel reservations. As first-time college parents, we didn’t realize what a big deal this weekend was and how quickly hotels filled up. We settled for the only motel with a vacancy and soon understood why.

It was “fully furnished”—polyester curtains from the 50’s, a faded bedspread, decrepit bathroom, crank-out windows, and the pervasive odor of ethnic food. I left a light on and laid on the lumpy mattress, trying desperately to find sleep and hasten our morning departure.

Although this happened many years ago and we survived unscathed, I never forgot that night in the Lamplighter Motel. The experience yielded two worthy results:

  1. I never forget to make reservations before we travel.
  2. I always try to view the temporal in light of the eternal.

Setbacks (such as layovers, pit stops and roadside dives—or delays, troubles, and unpleasant conditions) vie for center stage where the spotlight magnifies our discomfort, embarrassment, or inconvenience. But when we regard situations in view of eternity, we see how brief, and therefore tolerable, our difficulties are.

All our afflictions are temporary. All our rewards are eternal. Every lengthy bout with illness, every drawn-out legal battle, every day we live missing someone we love, is a single night in the Lamplighter Motel. And that, we can endure!

Lord, refine our vision that we may see life in the light of eternity.

Therefore we do not lose heart… 
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us
an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, 
since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maude Carolan Pych
    Nov 15, 2018 @ 17:05:32

    Great advice, Barbara! I will try to begin right now to view the temporal in light of the eternal. I only wish I had read that before my harrowing drive home in the snow this afternoon.



  2. Ellen
    Nov 16, 2018 @ 17:51:18

    Faith allows us to see what others cannot. See the invisible. See the unreachable. A view that others can’t understand or fathom. With the Red Sea in front and the Egyptian army in back, Moses could see what no one else could. It’s our only hope.



  3. Carol L. Brix
    Nov 16, 2018 @ 22:17:59

    Thank you for this reminder, Barbara. One which I need to be reminded of often.



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