Wednesday, December 21, 2011

12 Pearls of Christmas Day Day 8

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Enjoy the Ride!

Susan May Warren

We sit poised on the top of a cliff, a near drop off before us, that falls to a rushing river.
In the middle, a bridge of snow and ice hints at our destination. My husband guns the
snowmobile engine. “Ready?”

Ready? For a face plant into a tree, maybe reconstructive surgery? To feel my stomach
ripped from my body as we plummet down the mountain? Let’s do it!

We live on five acres of woods in northern Minnesota that butts up to a national forest.
Hence, our backyard is about a hundred thousand acres. Aside from harboring deer, lynx,
fox, cougar and bear, it also makes excellent snowmobile terrain. And not long ago, Mrs.
Claus gave her Santa a snowmobile for two.

I love snowmobiling. Flying over the snow, catching air over drifts. I love to drive, to be
at the helm of the beast as I weave around trees and over hill and dale, my husband sitting
behind me. I also love riding behind my husband as he drives, feeling those powerful
arms as he’s muscling the snowmobile into the wilds. We follow unknown trails, driven
by a Magellan spirit, hoping that we have enough gas to get us back to civilization. I
love hanging on, simply trusting him, knowing that wherever he’s taking me, he’s going

But there are times, when I see where he’s taking me, and I just have to bury my head in
his back. Like straight down a cliff.

However, my heart cheers, despite the terror as we gun it down the hill, over the river, up
the opposite side. And, if we hadn’t let ourselves go, we would have never discovered the
beauty of a winter river, a hidden jewel buried deep in the forest. Nor the exhilaration of
facing the challenge together.

Further on, we find an enchanted forest of towering white pine. Catch a view of Lake
Superior, discover an old cabin in the woods.

It occurs to me that snowmobiling is much like my spiritual life. Occasionally, I drive,
and it’s me setting our course, weaving through the trees, getting us hopelessly lost. But
when God takes the “wheel” and I hang on, trusting Him for the speed and destination, I
see the scenery. I trust him to keep me safe. I trust him to bring me home, where there is
an eternal supply of hot chocolate.

As Christmas season becomes more hectic, what if I let God drive?  Maybe
everything doesn’t have to be perfect, and maybe I don’t have to control every tradition,
every holiday nuance. What if I just held on for the ride?

I’ll bet I’ll still get there, and I might even enjoy the scenery along the way.

How have you let go, and “enjoyed” the scenery of this hectic, exhilarating
Christmas season?

Merry Christmas!

Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of thirty novels with
Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill and Summerside Press.  A four-time Christy

award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational
Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.  A seasoned women’s
events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and
the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create
and publish the novel in you!.  She is also the founder of, a story-crafting service
that helps authors discover their voice.