We parked our van near Hereford, MD and began our trip. We got on York Rd. and headed due north. Our trip began with a bang. Once we got outside of Hereford, we flew down a hill. I used the brakes, because I saw signs cautioning us of curves, but I did not know how sharp. We still got up to 36 mph. Anyway, what goes down must go up. For the first nine miles of our trip we went up and down. I realized that when I planned the route the road would be hilly, for Interstate 83, which parallels York Rd. goes up and down, though some of the steepness on I-83 was knocked off of it.
As we rode this part of our ride, we were going parallel somewhat also to the rail trail. We saw at least three signs to the trail. Nancy commented that maybe we should use the trail. The hills were challenging. I didn't say anything. We continued our planned route. Later, after we got off York Road, we seemed to be riding on top of the hills and did not have the steep up and downs until we got near Hereford again.
As I mused over this, I thought of the rail trail, a converted rail road track. They blew up the hills to make a basically flat grade for the rail road. Some of the rail road was near the water, so that might have not needed the same amount of work. But I was pondering how there was a flat rail road or flat rail trail going through a very hilly area.
It brings new meaning to the words of John the Baptist who quoted Isaiah to describe his own purpose in life, "A voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him'" (Mathew 3:3). John's goal was to blast all the spiritual hills (sins) out of the way so that people would be ready to receive Jesus. He wanted people to do that for themselves, so they would be ready to receive Jesus. He wanted Jesus to have full and easy access to our hearts.
Nancy and I are stronger physically for taking that ride. Spiritually though, the goal is to allow Jesus to have an easy access and wide path to our heart.
Peace be with you!