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Sandra Snider
Sandra Snider

Sandra has been a Christian for 27 years, holds a journalism degree and writes regularly for her church web site/women's ministry in Minnesota.

Sandra's writings have appeared in magazines, newspapers and books.  Although she has written much in the secular world, she now focuses exclusively on writing about the Lord Jesus Christ, His Kingdom and His truths. 

Phil. 2:10-11 contains the truth that forms the bedrock of her life and while her heart to is exalt God in all she does and share the love of Jesus to all her audiences, Sandra hopes that her writings will carry on through the legacy of her daughter. " What greater gift could I possibly leave her?"



No Longer Getting Kicks on Route 66

By Sandra Snider

Historic Route 66 - the The Mother Road of America that gave rise to a TV show and a hit song: “If you ever plan to motor west, travel my way, take the highway that’s best. Get your kicks on route sixty-six.”

Designated in 1926 as the main artery between Chicago and Los Angeles, the highway symbolized the road to opportunity for Americans escaping the clutches of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. The promises of freedom and adventure lured countless souls.

I, too, got my kicks on Route 66. I was escaping my own poverty by motoring toward the Sunshine State. Or so I thought. Oh, I knew about the other route, the Highway of Holiness, because I sometimes heard of travelers who left Route 66 for this ancient and narrow roadway. These sojourners spoke of a roadmap called The Good Book, with its own 66 chapters. As I sped along Route 66 with its alluring neon lights and exciting attractions I also saw rugged wooden road signs. A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness, where the redeemed shall walk. (Isaiah 35:8-9) Sometimes my ears even heard, "This is the way, walk in it." (Isaiah 30:21) But why would I want to walk? I was cruising and getting my kicks on wide-open and broad Route 66!

But as the miles climbed on my spiritual odometer I became weary of the zigzag of Route 66 and yearned for safe travel. Route 66 had become treacherous and riddled with dangerous potholes and fissures. The deteriorating roadside attractions and Pride of Life Motor Inns began to seem more like seedy shanties of enslavement to me. The cost to travel on Route 66 was too high. The enemy of my soul had exaggerated its passing enticements and covered up the consequences of ruts, broken axles, and tire flats that can never be made round again. I eventually made the decision to travel on the eternally established Kings Highway.

In June of 1980, Route 66 was formally decommissioned in my life. The crumbling roadway was paved over by godly sorrow and repentance. The straight and narrow way is taking me safely to the Promised Land, the Sonshine State. I now walk on this highway, holding the hand of my Savior. I no longer get my kicks on Route 66.



Copyright © May, 2007 – Sandra Snider. All rights reserved.

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