Destination > Journey

Most people say the journey is more than the destination…

Well, they’ve never been a man, a Christian (or a Christian man), in construction, or a Clemson fan, for each of the these the destination is far greater than the journey…

The man bumbles through the journey, going through the motions, just hoping it will end. Usually when he gets there, the result itself doesn’t matter – just as long as there is closure…

The Christian goes through the journey with one focus – the destination – and there is nothing on said journey that will ever compare with the destination – eternity with God…

The Christian man – well, some things along the journey are better left unwritten. Luckily, the Christian man receives the same destination as the Christian woman…

Construction – no one truly loves it. The long hours, the grueling work, the red tape – but everyone loves the finished product. A completed project is what it is all about. They don’t move the bus during the week – just at the end…

And then there is being a Clemson fan – where the only thing that comes easy is beating your rival…

The Wake Forest game is a prime example. A great journey would have included free parking pass, tickets, and soft pretzels, multiple visits by the Tiger, all wrapped around a three touchdown romp. We could have danced in the aisles, planned our trip to Charlotte, and sang a lot of mediocre 80s songs from the loud speakers…

But that’s not Clemson’s style and that’s not the Powell style…

We had no parking pass, so we dumped a car on Perimeter Road – in a “No-Parking Zone” with the plan to catch a ride with family that did have a parking pass. Only they got to Clemson and realized it was still back home…

At the stadium, we begin the search for tickets. They’ll be easy to find, right? It is Wake Forest, after all…

After spending a good bit of time looking for four together, with no luck, we abandoned that idea to go after tickets in pairs…

We find a quick pair and I decide to check my phone to see the time – only to have the tickets stick to my phone. Out they both come. I was able to salvage one ticket, but the other flew away – never to be found again…

We finally found a second pair of tickets fairly close to the first two plus we buy a cheap ticket to replace the lost one and made our way into the stadium…

If Clemson were to romp by three touchdowns, all would be forgotten. But alas, Clemson decided to team up with the American Heart Association and run all 80k fans through an impromptu heart check…

  • They go from being up 7 to down 14 in less than half a quarter
  • Wake lined up for a short field goal, which might have put Clemson away had it gone in…
  • After tying the game late in the 4th, they got the ball back with nearly 2 minutes left, which is plenty of time – until Clemson misses their own short field goal
  • Luckily, they received one more chance. This time, they reached their destination by a game-winning field goal…

While the journey makes for good story, and good memories, I could have done without the drama and struggles.  In the end, the destination is certainly much greater – and easier than the destination…

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