Evening drives on gravel roads are pretty hard to beat this time of year. Regardless of whether you live in the big city or a small town, it always does the body good to exchange the concrete and pavement for the dirt roads. Just as soon as your tires leave the pavement and hit the gravel road, it’s almost as if it’s a reminder to slow down... and not just the speed of your vehicle because you’re now on loose gravel, but just life in general. It’s a reminder to slow the business of life down and find enjoyment and appreciation for the little things in life, the little things we often miss while getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. Gravel roads help me see the beauty of God’s creation that the pavement doesn’t allow time for. Gravel roads don’t have deadlines, time crunches, places to be or people to see. Many times they can even lead you in the middle of no where. You might run into the occasional combine or tractor that you can’t get around, but it’s just another reminder to slow down and enjoy life.
Too often we spend our lives chasing after the toys and glamour of this world (much of which leave us empty and unsatisfied anyways) and fail to see the beauty that’s right in front of our nose. So be sure to hit the backroads every once in awhile, slow down, turn your cell phone off and just enjoy the beauty that God’s already given ya.