2. Bus Ride
The second moment of peace came during the chartered shuttle to the resort. The full-sized bus sported entertainment screens, terrific air conditioning, and only about five other people. I was surprisingly comfortable as we rolled out of the airport and onto the highway.
As we passed beneath the shadows of palm trees and past gas stations with inflationary prices, my mind took me over once again. Before I knew it, I was smiling. I could feel it on my face. If anyone had seen me, they would have wondered what I was up to, but there was no one to see me, so I allowed myself the moment.
There is great joy in that, but more so, once again, my brain journeyed to a state of peacefulness, and once again, I could only think of how blessed I am. I have been happily married to the same, cherished bride for over 30 years. I have been blessed with two beautiful children who know God and face the world as believers. I have just completed a creative and challenging career that has satisfied me in countless ways. And now, moving forward, there are still many, many opportunities that await me on the path ahead.
So there I was with a tremendous smile of tranquility, and all I could think of was that I wanted others to feel the same way. There are too many people walking through the streets with worry and struggle on their minds and with no desire to find peace through God and family. What the Lord has given me should never go unnoticed by me, and I must never take it for granted: may it also be contagious.