Hollywood or Bust

 

I can’t really explain why, but for whatever reason, I used to be a little bit ashamed to tell people what I did for a living. I had no ill feelings to other people who do what I did. I didn’t look down on them in any way. I guess I just never really pictured myself doing.. that.

“Out with it already! What do you do and why should we care?”

Hello, my name is Adam… and I was a bus driver.

On this particular night, as a charter bus driver in Orlando, my job was to take a group of about 45 people from their resort to the Hollywood Studios theme park in Orlando. I had studied the route ahead of time because I’m not allowed to use my phone or GPS while driving.

Everything was going well as we came within a few miles of our destination. But then I came upon some construction that completely changed the path that I had previously studied. To make matters worse, I was approaching a fork in the road.

The Decision

Straight ahead, it appeared as though the road led to absolutely nowhere. There were no signs. No streetlights. Nothing but a road that seemed to fade out of existence as soon as it extended past the reach of my headlights.

Along the road that went off to the right I saw two large signs that read “To Hollywood Studios”. Above the trees I could see the lights of the theme park and the last few seconds of their nightly firework show.

As I approached the point of no return, for some reason I felt like I should hold my course and stay straight. This is obviously confusing to me so I say a quick prayer for help while my brain is screaming at me “Why is this even a question?! Follow the signs, you ninny!”. But I just couldn’t bring myself to turn the wheel.

My eyes kept darting back and forth between the road to Hollywood Studios and the road to the unemployment office.

As this mental struggle was taking place, I eventually noticed that my bus had coasted right past the exit.

… I’m doomed

I started preparing an apology and explanation that I will have to stand and deliver over the intercom but then the dark road makes an unexpected curve to the right. As I come around the curve, the way ahead becomes a little more illuminated by some sporadic streetlights. I continue following the road and eventually come to a sign saying “Hollywood Studios Bus Parking”!

I found out later that the path to the right was the road that guests are to take when attending the park but there is no bus parking in that lot. However, the buses were to go around the park to the back where there is room for them to park and unload their passengers.

As people exited the bus, they thanked me for getting them where they needed to go. Ironically, I remember being pretty annoyed by their praises because they were interrupting me trying to offer my thanks to God for the very same thing.

The Moral of the Story
To those who don’t believe in God.

There is no. logical. reason. for me to have not followed the signs. I was on a road I had never been on before. I was under a great deal of pressure to make the right choice and frantically searching for something, anything, to help me know which way to go.

…how about two huge signs and a fireworks display?

This simply cannot be chalked up to coincidence or luck.

To those who do believe in God.

There will be times when staying on the straight and narrow seems to make no logical sense whatsoever. There will be times when your brain will be screaming at you “Why is this even a question?! Follow your friends, you ninny!”

There will be times when holding fast to your testimony makes no logical sense. Even in the face of seemingly incontrovertible evidence against the truthfulness of the restored gospel, you’ll find yourself feeling like you should stay your course even though the way ahead seems void of any confirmation or help.

“The Lord typically gives direction without explanation. But if we’re faithful, we usually receive confirmation.”
– President Huff (my amazing Mission President)

I know that revelation from God through the Holy Ghost is real. I know that following these promptings requires a great deal of courage especially when the world is screaming in your ear that “it makes no logical sense”. But if you stay your course, I know that you will eventually receive confirmation of your choice and have peace in knowing that you’re right where you need to be.

 

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