Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Any Road

Not Suited For Trailer Traffic

I love driving on the back roads in western Arkansas. I love the scenery. I love the adventure. I love to just take off and explore new roads. When I see a road I always wonder where it goes.

Sometimes exploring a new road can be quite an adventure. When you are traveling a rural Arkansas road you just don’t know where you will end up.


In the fall of 2006 America was transfixed with the story of James Kim. He was traveling home from Portland, Oregon to San Francisco, California with his wife and 2 children. They took a wrong turn onto a logging road in bad weather. The snow became too deep to travel, and they became stranded.

Rich Mountain Winter

After several days Mr. Kim set out on foot to look for help. He believed the nearest town was located four miles away. The distance to the town was actually 13 miles. He promised his family that he would turn back at 1 p.m. if he failed to find anyone, but he did not. Kati Kim and her two children were found alive when a search helicopter was led to the scene after seeing human footprints in the snow. The three were then rescued, and airlifted out of the area.

Soon after the rescue of Kati Kim and her children, search and rescue teams followed James Kim's footprints back along the road for about 10 miles where his footprints left the road and led into the heavily wooded Big Windy Creek drainage area. James Kim's body was found in Big Windy Creek. He had walked 16 miles looking for help.

Although Mr. Kim had walked 16 miles, he was found about four miles from his vehicle, and about one mile from Black Bar Lodge, a boating outpost. Though it was vacant at the time, it was stocked with food items. What a tragic story!

In Proverbs 14:12 the Bible tells us “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death”. When the Kim family decided to go down that logging road, they had no idea that the road was impassable. Had they known about it, I’m sure they wouldn’t have taken that path. It was supposed be a short cut, but only led them to tragedy.

What about the road you are on in your life? Have you taken any wrong turns in your life? Have you been on any wrong roads? How do you know which road to take?

The Pig Trail

In Psalms 25:4,8-10 the Bible tells us” Show me the path where I should walk, O LORD; point out the right road for me to follow. The LORD is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in what is right, teaching them his way. The LORD leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all those who keep his covenant and obey his decrees.

God has promised to be our guide. He will point out the right road for us to follow. As I have discussed spiritual things with people I have heard the following analogy several times. “You see it your way I see it my way, but there are many roads all going to the same place.”

Jesus has an answer for that way of thinking. We find his words in Matthew 7:13,14. “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway that leads to destruction is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. But the gateway to life is narrow, and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it”. You know from experience that all roads don’t lead to your destination. I’m sure that you have been on a road that didn’t take you where you thought it would. James Kim found out this truth in a tragic way.


One of the last songs that George Harrison recorded was a song titled “Any Road”. The chorus of the song says “If you don't know where you're going any road will take you there”. His words are very true. They describe the kind of roads that I like to explore. I like to drive on them because I don’t know where I’m going. I like to just take off and explore new roads. When I see a road I always wonder where it goes. A number of times I have been completely lost, but eventually I made it home. It can be fun not knowing where you are going.

Arkansas Autumn

While it can be fun to explore unknown roads on a Sunday afternoon drive, it’s not a good plan in our spiritual lives. We should know where we are going. We should all have the same destination in mind.

I hope that you know where you are going. Jesus told us that not just any road would take us there. Have you found the road that leads to life? Have you studied the map?

I hope that you and I will be able to say what David said in Psalms 73:23-26. “Yet I still belong to you; you are holding my right hand. You will keep on guiding me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. I have no one in heaven but you; I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever”.


  1. A thoughtful homily, Richard. Thanks.

    I like the snow falling on your background. Pretty neat!

  2. We none of us know what purpose in this life we have and even less an other's. Oddly enough I have so often found that if it is nor our time to go, whatever else may happen, we are spared or even sent back as I have been a number of times. The only true prayer ther is , is the Lord's Prayer, and the most impostant part is "Thy will be done", not what I would like or my family or for some friend to get well again. Pray to ease someones suffering, yes, but neither their recovery, no matter how dear they are to us, nor their passing is in our hands. Quite frankly, knowing nothing of divine providence I would not dare to go where angels fear to tread.
    My husband and I love going along an unmade road too just because it is there, but nowadays we have a GPS.
    Thanks for being a true friend and popping around to my blog.
    Almost forgot, I do love your falling smow.

  3. LOVE the snow on your blog!!! I'm glad I just don't have to FEEL it!!

  4. What a tragic incident for the Kims. I was hoping for a happy ending for them....regretfully it didn't turn out that way.

    I love exploring new roads or short cuts. And I have gone on many wrong roads. I learnt new roads too. And sometimes when I am on a crossroad in life, it's always very difficult to decide which is the correct path to take. I forgot that I could always seek for guidance from the higher being. Thanks for reminding me.

  5. This was an amazing post. I did not know of this family but I was saddened to read of this loss of life. Great reminder!

  6. Hi Richard, First time visitor from Authorblog. My wife and I love western Arkansas, we lived there for four years. We road the twisting Pig Trail and mountain roads around Mena on our big V-twin Yamaha. We now live in the south Texas flatlands. I am mentally planning a trip back for a ride down many lanes. Great thought behind your post. Maybe I'll see you the next time we ease through Mena. Pappy

  7. Wonderful post . . . great thoughts, thanks for posting!

    Love the snow falling too!