I don’t enjoy traveling. Hate is a strong word, but I hate to fly.
A couple of reasons I hate to fly:
- I hate flying because you always pay too much. The food is overly priced. The gift shop is overly priced. Even the food on a flight is overly priced.
- I hate flying cause I’m constantly getting lost in the terminal. I know my ABC’s and my 123’s – so you would think finding gate A3 would be easy. But somehow I end up lost.
- I hate flying cause it feels like I’m being squeezed. Recently, I paid for an economy plus seat – I had an extra 3 inches of space. 3 inches!!! I could have used the money I paid for the upgrade on a gym membership and lost the 3 inches.
- And don’t get me started on delays. There are always delays.
The only thing I enjoy about flying is arriving.
I still clap like I lost my mind when I land, this maybe a Hispanic thing. I enjoy the smell of the air. I love the feeling when you exit the airport and realize you’re in a different city.
I find the journey God puts us on is similar to traveling.
- It feels like your paying too much.
- You’re never quite sure where you are going.
- You’re constantly being squeezed.
- There are always delays. Calling them divine delays does not change the fact that it’s a delay.
But the destination always makes the trip worth it.
The Journey is the work that god does inside so that you can look more like him on the outside.
Goal: Journey Well
God is not just about the destination. Therefore our goal should be to Journey well.
When a pregnant mother does not go full term, her child is called a “preemie.”
When Christians don’t journey well, they are “preemies” or premature because they arrive before their predetermined time.
The Cost of Being Premature
When someone is premature, there are usually areas in their lives where they are immature.
Here are a couple of examples:
- You never learn the deep things of God. So you make life decisions based on your limited understanding.
- There is no conviction of sin. The result is we justify our sin. We’ll use other’s shortcoming to justify our shortcomings.
- You rush the journey, so God does not complete his work. The result is you have believers who are super talented but constantly experience moral failure.
- You find the first oasis or reprieve from the difficult journey and you live there. It’s why you have Singles who can’t wait to get married, and end up in the wrong relationships (the Oasis from the journey).
Some Tips For the Journey
The tips are found in Deuteronomy 8. At this point in Israel’s history, the people of God are on the point of entering into the Promised Land. They have
- Walked through the desert
- Felt extreme thirst and drank water from a rock
- Saw God defeat their enemies
- Ate manna from heaven
- Saw the ground open up and swallow up Korah
- Plus saw God do so many other miracles
“Remember every road that God led you on for those forty years in the wilderness, pushing you to your limits, testing you so that he would know what you were made of, whether you would keep his commandments or not.” Deuteronomy 8:2
God brings them in the desert for 40 years and you thought your journey was long.
- “Remember every road that God led you” – don’t forget what God has done for you. Yesterday’s miracles become the foundation of faith to face today’s challenges.
- “God led you…” – When your on your journey it helps to know that God is with you. In his divine wisdom, he has created a pathway that maybe challenging but also for your benefit.The same God who provides new mercies, also provides challenging situations. These situations are meant to grow us. It’s God who breaks us with the goal of making us whole. Remember: Never trust a minister who doesn’t walk with a limp.
- “pushing you to your limits, testing you so that he would know what you were made of,” – The same God whose mercies are new every day, is the same God has allows challenges in our lives. Each challenge has a purpose.Airplane manufactures test the material it uses to build an airplane. The purpose of a plane is to prove the integrity of the material. So that when an airplane faces a storm, the manufacturer knows it will make it through the storm.
- “Whether you would keep his commandments or not” – the purpose of the journey is to develop us. God can’t trust you with a yes, until he knows he can trust you with a no
I believe the journey God places us on is for our benefit. It’s full of turbulence and challenges. These challenges God uses to grow us and prepare us.
The purpose of this process is to prepare us for the Promised Land. God has a promised land for you; do not despise the journey that he uses to prepare you for the Promised Land. On the contrary consider journeying well.
What journey does God have you on today?