Friday, September 12, 2014

The Journey Home

The highway won't hold you tonight.
The highway don't know you're alive.
The highway don't care if you're all alone,
but I do, I do.
The highway won't dry your tears.
The highway don't need you here.
The highway don't care if you're coming home,
but I do, I do.
(Highway Don't Care, Tim McGraw)

God in Neale Walsch's 'Conversations with God' often compared our spiritual journey with road trips. "If you want to go north", God says, "it is of little use to go south". I was reminded of this conversation when I heard Tim McGraw's 'Highway Don't Care' song. We think we are on a road to somewhere, a promotion, a new sexual experience, a new possession, or a new thrill experience and we forget that what we run after something that doesn't love us back. Often our journey to somewhere is a trip to nowhere - the highway don't care!

Yet, no matter what we end up doing, love is always right next to us. The quiet Voice inside cares a lot if we are coming Home or not, but too often the Voice gets drowned out by what we are craving for. Continue your self-defining journey but keep your ears and eyes wide open for any changes in directions. Cravings can be understood, they can be refined, they can be transcended and they can be stood up to. Perhaps even more important than that, love can be recognized. Learn how to hand over the steering wheel to the Way, your friends, your family, friendly strangers, and even people you thought were your enemies before. The highway don't care but the Tao looks out for you if you take Her cues. The highway don't care if you are coming Home, but we do!

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