On the Road Again

I consider truckers to be angels of the road.

Semi in Mirror

Is that an angel back there?

Many times I have trailed a truck late at night on the freeway, or been trailed by one for miles, comforted by the presence of an unknown trucker. It isn’t unusual for me to exit the Interstate and receive a sort of salute from the truck behind me. Flashing headlights say, “Glad you’re home safe. Bye for now.”

These days, I often tuck in behind a big-rig in hopes of a tailwind to save fuel.  (Still adjusting to my new SUV’s mileage after years of driving an economy car.) Then when my inner Andretti doesn’t want to dawdle, I’ll speed up to stalk another truck that sets a smarter pace.

A few days ago, I traveled from the San Francisco peninsula to my home in Northern California. Driving on the Luther Gibson Freeway, I nestled my Honda behind a large truck. The roadside scenery was lush and pastoral and pristine. A nice contrast to the back of the fuel-saving-semi ahead, covered with dirt.

Pulling nearer, I saw words written in the dust (a kind word for filth) and strained to read them.  I expected, “Go Tigers!” or “Vote for So-and-so.” Instead….

“Cristo, el río de la vida.”

Never had I seen a more apt message written on the back of any vehicle. Or anywhere, for that matter. Christ, the River of Life!  Maybe not a sign from Heaven, but certainly a sign that pointed to Paradise. What a joyful reminder!

Semi Truck on Highway

On the road to Paradise….

Silently thanking the trucker who had authored the words that  day, I followed him until we went our separate ways.

Along the same river.


NOTE: If you are a trucker or one is dear to you, check out the Christian Truckers Network for encouragement, resources, and help,  sharing the faith while laboring in the transport service industry.


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8 responses to “On the Road Again

  1. Pam

    Gee Cathy, that was a sweet read! Thanks for sharing that! Love you! Pam

  2. Cathy, love your photos and captions. Could be that’s an angel in your rear view mirror. Never know where God’s angels or fellow river travelers will appear to keep us in His care.

    Love the dusty message you discovered en route. Looks like our River of Life knows how to get His message across in more ways than one! Great post! Hugs.

    • Cathy Elliott

      Cindy, I know! When I was able to read the words, it felt like that unexpected message was just for me at just the right time. If I look for them, I bet there are many more such messages hidden in plain sight. Hugs back!

  3. What a blessing to read that message…I love the Lord’s “random acts of kindnesses” to us! But…(weren’t we just discussing this word?LOL) I really believe you have to be open to see or hear a word from Him…and you my friend, have an open heart! Thanks for sharing your joy!

    • Cathy Elliott

      Oh, Kate! I do hope that is so. And yes, a random act of kindness is exactly the right description. 🙂

      It reminds me of Psalm 143:8, a verse referenced by Sheila Walsh last year at her one-day seminar in Redding. “Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.” She begins each day with that verse and I have tried to do the same.

      Word of His unfailing love…written in the dust on the back of a semi. Love it!

  4. Got your link off Christian Truckers Network and totally enjoyed your thoughts and feelings. My husband and I are over the road 85% of the time. He drives, I take care of him, do paper work and such. Never thought of us as angels but I’ll take it! And this will give us a different thinking while having a 4 wheeler following some night when we drive. I often wonder why God brought me out here even after 3 years of living like this. He definantly took me out of my comfort zone. Maybe it is to be there for someone else in times like these. I may never know. God bless you!!

    • Cathy Elliott

      Darlene, thanks so much for letting me know a little about your journey. I love to drive and am thankful for you who labor on the road. I guess we need to all watch out for, or OVER, one another, eh? How many folks are you impacting as you travel across country, praying for a sleepy someone whose vehicle sways ahead, waving a greeting to another persevering trucker, or giving a kind word to a weary waitress at a truck stop? I’m sure you have no idea! For me, I’m glad you and your hubby are out there, angels. 🙂 Stay safe and God bless.

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