In his sermon last week Pastor Rob mentioned an ill fated bush walk with his family which took them 11kms out of their way. He remarked that it would have been better travelling the distance by car because at least they could have enjoyed the scenery. Not so! I thought, you haven’t been on one of Doug’s ‘Short Cuts’. The scenery was always lost on us as we tried to figure out where we were.
Our last short cut was a few years back when we travelled home from Boort and unwittingly deferred to Doug’s superior knowledge about country Victoria. He insisted that we should take a route that would cut across to the Western Freeway. “I hope this is not going to be one of your legendary short cuts.” I remarked, but, we were tired and it was getting dark so we took his advice.
Well! Doug was partially right; the short cut did take us to the freeway. However, there was no on-ramp and we had to drive down what was the old Melbourne Road until we found one, we had lost a further half hour. It wasn’t too bad though, in the past we have been on short cuts that have taken a lot longer than that. In his favour Doug had not been that way since the freeway cut off the original intersection.
In the mid eighties we were on holiday with the two younger girls at Apollo Bay. One day we went for a walk west of the town along the Great Ocean Road. As we were returning Doug thought we should cut across the cemetery and scoot through the scrub to the beach. The vegetation turned out to be really dense. It was filled with Bracken, Blackberries and trodden down barbed wire which gashed my leg. Yvette was thrilled, she exclaimed, “Oh good! Now I can practice my first aid.” We finally reached the beach all of us scratched and weary. Later we discovered there was a cleared walking track a little further on.
Where am I heading with this? Maybe, the lesson could be, enjoy the scenery as you travel through life instead of looking for short cuts. Or, be suspicious if your husband suggests a shorter route. (Of course I have foibles too but fortunately nobody writes about them,)
Seriously though, apart from my little dalliance with memories Pastor Rob’s message was brilliant. If you would like to hear it go to http://www.secc.org.au/ click on podcasts and choose the message titled ‘Bouncing back from failure’ on Sunday 24th July 2016. Rob Nyhuis