Thursday, November 10, 2011

Take a Back Road

I wrote the poem that served as the inspiration for the title of this blog on a train trip I took my first semester of college. I was feeling quite stressed at the time with studies, being in the school musical, and uncertainties regarding God's plans for my life - so I up and decided to take a round trip one-day train ride. The destination didn't matter; I just wanted to go somewhere where it would be just me and God. It was a wonderful experience for me (if a bit more spontaneous of me than normal!), and I cherish that memory.

Do you ever just feel the need to "take a back road" (or a train ride)? If you enjoy a bit of Country music, here's a song for you:

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
~ Matthew 11:28-30

"And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone."
~ Matthew 14:22-23

(Music video from "Take a Back Road" by Rodney Atkins. If you would like to read the poem that inspired the title of this blog, click HERE.)


Kav said...

What a great idea, Amber! And yes, I definitely need to get away from everything for awhile upon occasion. I've never done my own solitary train trip though. I usually just sequester myself at home and in my garden. I buy take-out food and unplug the phone and pretend like I'm away! :-)

Amber S. said...


It was a spur-of-the-moment thing - I think I bought the train tickets online the night before. Even though my family was a bit worried, they supported me and just wanted to make sure I was safe. :) And ultimately, I was so very glad I did it!

I love the idea of pretending like you're away when you're home! I love being with my family and friends, but I also enjoy being home alone occasionally. I think that's great to unplug the phone and do other things to make yourself feel like you're on a retreat of sorts. :) I'll have to keep that in mind!


Michelle said...

Ah, I love this Amber! Great post, and I love that song, too! Have a great weekend! : )

Amber S. said...


Thank you! :) Isn't it a great song? Glad you enjoyed it and that you took the time to stop by!

Hope you have a great weekend, as well!


Linda said...

Love your poem and the song! Good for you to make that spur-of-the-moment trip.

Amber S. said...


Thank you so much! :) And I was really glad I did take that trip!


Joy Tamsin David said...

I love the idea of taking a one day trip to nowhere. I bet sitting on the train and people watching would be great for writing too.

Amber S. said...


It's wonderful! And I did enjoy the quiet and scenery for poetry writing. :) I just love trains!

Thanks for stopping by!