|One of the campsites at Lake District. We joined the excitement|
and fun with our friends who spent a four-day holiday here.
To start off the day, my youngest son who is nearly two years old woke up around 5:00 in the morning and without any possible option, I have to oblige myself to open my eyes and defy the laziness, then take him downstairs to simply stop him from crying and cause my other son to get up too. Anyway I thought, we were going to pick up my wife who worked night shift as a nurse so at least I have ample time to prepare. At exactly half past seven, we were on our way to Fairfield Hospital which is 15 minutes drive from our home, there we waited for few more minutes then my eldest son saw his mommy walked towards where our car was parked.
|The captivating beauty and majesty of Lake District|
|TIPI (read as teepee): a traditional conical tent|
with a modern touch and ambiance
|Our friends in their colourful american |
Walking a mile or so, we found ourselves mesmerized by the grandeur of the a lake that opens a more stunning scenery of mountains and hills from a distance dotted with gorgeous white buildings that adds the exquisiteness of Lake District. The boats and yachts floating steadily on the massive Windermere were pure attractions that spell extraordinary luxury. Everything there is God’s perfect creation and I did not mind carried away by the spellbinding stillness that it abounds.
|My two sons having a cool break at an|
|My youngest son Thomas Miguel|
I checked again the SATNAV as it was an indispensable lifeline on the road. Destination checked and it displayed the graphics of the route towards home – I believed it was in perfect condition.. I made myself ready and listened to the instructions then off we went. It said ‘turn right in 100 yards’, then many more instructions came after another. After around 30 minutes, the SATNAV seemed unconcern and it stopped giving me directions to which road I should race. So I asked my wife to press the speaker button to double check if it was accidentally muted but it was not the problem. She tried to fix it but to no avail as the SATNAV indicated it was unable to locate GPRS signal. We don’t have a map in our hands, and we could not ask anyone. We were simply bugged down, nevertheless the speed has to pick up.
I was already on the motorway following my instinct of the signs and familiar names that I noticed in the morning. My wife and I were quite confident then that we were on the right track. The SATNAV was of no help anymore, it was still silent. We were expecting to arrive home at quarter to nine in the evening. My eldest son was busy remembering and talking about what he did on the day whilst my other son was fast asleep. More than an hour on the motorway, I felt uncomfortable and keep suggesting to my wife that we might have gone the wrong way. My wife felt the same way and we just kept looking at road signs and names to confirm our suspicion. It was an unfriendly night, heavy rain met us and the visibility was really bad. Until we saw a very big sign which said ‘ SCOTLAND’.
In simultaneous jump of our reaction time, my wife and I exclaimed, SCOTLAND!!!
We were indeed and in fact on the wrong motorway. It was officially confirmed, And the first dictate of my impulse was to get off at the next exit which I did eventually. I hoped that the exit would lead us to a town so we could pull over and check the SATNAV. In uncertain circumstances like that, I reminded myself to remain cool, calm and collected and just focus on road signs that might provide us hope homeward. After five miles, I needed to pull over, the hope to finding our way home became dimmer as we only saw expanse of lonely farms..farms…farms.. and the night nearly took over the daylight. Honestly, I was afraid at that time. I thought we were the only moving creatures around and my mind was slowly crowding with terrifying movie scenes..of people lost in the wilderness….of vampires looking from a distance…or some sort of serial killers along the road. I steered back and stepped the accelerator quickly to take us back to the motorway. My eldest son sensed that something was not right when he asked; ‘What happened Dad? Are we on the wrong way? Are we not going home yet? Deep inside I was deeply sorry for our two kids. But At least there were cars along the expressway and we felt consoled about the thought that there were people moving too.
The next plan was to stop at the nearest service station to ask for assistance. After three miles, I was able to breathe naturally as we saw a sign for a COSTA service not far ahead. With a feeling of joy and relief, I turned the car to the service entrance and found ourselves with a faithful smile…but only for a very short moment because I realized we were into a lorry quarter. At that time, finding our way back was more that mattered to me so I was not bothered anymore. I refueled at the gas station and at the till I politely asked directions from the cashier who by the way had a Scottish accent when he said; ‘Oh sorry I dunno’.
|Matthew and Gaeia|
God is with us all this time and he sometimes has his strange ways to remind us that his miracles are boundless and thus they work always. I am grateful that he was there to protect us in our most uncertain predicament and continues to show that nothing is impossible in prayers. David Wilkerson said; ‘How quickly we forget God's great deliverances in our lives. How easily we take for granted the miracles he performed in our past’.