During this season of vacations, how many times will we hear, “Are we there yet?” As a parent in a car with kids, I can get pretty tired of hearing this. Especially when the question is asked about 30 minutes into the trip! I tell them to relax and enjoy the ride as it is part of the fun!
Along my spiritual journey, however, God probably tires of hearing me ask, “Am I there yet?” Hence the phrase “children
On a vacation we have the journey, then the destination. On our spiritual walks we have the journey and the destination. The difference is we will not reach our spiritual destination until death. But wait, that is not true either. I think that death
is still part of the journey. It is where we end up after our death that will be our final and eternal destination.
So, let’s talk about the journey. I know one year, as my family was heading out to Myrtle Beach to meet up with more family and friends for a fun-filled week, we had a bit of a delay along the way. We left early because we wanted to be the first ones to arrive. So much for our plans! We had a flat tire along the way. Sounds like a disaster, huh?
But while going through our efforts to fix the flat (our spare was flat too!) we actually had many laughs. Finally, a policeman came and helped us out. It took several hours and money that had been earmarked for other items to get us back on the road, but we did in fact get back on track. We made it to our destination and, well, everyone was waiting on us! Good intentions don’t always pan out.
What does this have to do with our spiritual journey? I think this story parallels our spiritual journey in the way that many times along the way it does not go just as we plan. No, there are road blocks, detours and flat tires along the way. But it is how we handle these distractions that will tell much about our spiritual lives. Do we just get angry and blame others? Do we pull together and work it out? Do we seek the guidance of our Heavenly Father? Do we make the best of difficult, and what may seem impossible, situations?
You know, the most memorable part of that year’s vacation was the flat tire incident. Looking back, it was not a bad memory at all. Approach your spiritual journey with the same excitement and expect a few bumps in the road along the way. But know that God goes before you and prepares the way. Always, always follow His leading. If you do, when you get to the intersection where the road divides, realize that one road will lead to heaven and the other to hell. Don’t let road blocks become stumbling blocks; look at them as only detours! See you in heaven!
Father God, help us to always see the blessings in things that at the time seem to be huge heartaches and disasters. From our simple-minded perspectives many times we can’t see our way through difficult times, but we know and totally trust that You have truly gone before us. You are on the other side and we just need to continue along on the journey and seek You always and You alone. Thank you, Jesus, for never, ever leaving us or forsaking us! Help us to enjoy the journey even through the difficult times, knowing that You are the One to be glorified. We love You Lord and pray that You will help us to always trust you blindly. We need nothing more than You! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Connecting in Christ,