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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Highway 1, Northern California
"Why don't you drive the rest of the way to Monterey?" my husband asked. We had driven 14 miles from San Simeon to Ragged Point, CA, where we stopped for a delicious breakfast. Jim did not want to drive the winding, narrow road of Highway 1 for the rest of the trip that day. Despite the fact that we were on the mountain side (going north), and he did not have to look down a sheer cliff to the rocks and sea below, he held the car door with a white knuckled grip.
I have blogged about fear before. Fear in itself is not always bad, but sometimes it does "stop us in our tracks." If we remain in a constant state of fear it will adversely affect our health by increasing blood pressure, heart rate, respirations, and mentally/emotionally depress us. For two to three days the ovarian cancer diagnosis caused fear that kept me in its power. Then I faced it through learning about the cancer, trusting my doctor and nurses, and most importantly, giving the fear to God.
But, Jim did not let his fear stop him; he trusted my driving skills; and we both prayed for God's angels to guide and protect us. Our reward was to spend two days in the beautiful and charming areas of Carmel and Monterey. It is an area that is one of God's masterpieces. Thank you, God.