Life is a journey…
Made up of peaks and valleys, many roads-some long and narrow, some bumpy, some treacherous, some winding, and some seem never to end!
Many times, we start on our path, believing we know the destination-but as we go-we realize each curve in the road, each intersection-is more challenging than the last.
All the variances and places in between ‘here and there’ in the roads we travel in life are being used by God in shaping us, molding us, into His image.
Sometimes, we set our cruise control, sit back, and enjoy the beauty in our surroundings!
Sometimes, the scenes are splendorous and breathtaking!
We travel through so many different sceneries!
The snowy peaked mountains, rolling hills of countryside, changing fall colors, the plains…
Miles of corn fields, and wheat farms-sometimes even alongside the oceans… sweet fragrances to enjoy, and we reflect on Gods beauty everywhere.
Not every road in our life’s journey offers beautiful scenery-
Not every stretch is pleasant…
Sometimes- when we are traveling, we get stuck in traffic.
It’s NEVER convenient. NEVER planned. Just as we thought we were making progress…bam!
In one hundred degree temperatures.
Sometimes, the air conditioning stops working-and life gets sticky, unpleasant.
Sometimes we have to roll our sleeves up, and our windows down.
Sometimes, instead of the enjoyable fresh country air, and sweet aromas of honeysuckle- instead, is the stench of cow manure from the dairy farm, or from the garbage truck next to you!
This IS life.
God will use each part- every mile of our travel, especially the little side trails where we wander- and will use them for His glory.
It may not ‘make sense’ to us-and may not always ‘feel’ good…
Sometimes, part of our ‘journey’ seems as if we are stuck in a tunnel for miles and miles…with very little light surrounding us to help navigate clearly through.
Yet, as the song ‘Waymaker‘ goes-
‘Even when I don’t see it, He’s working-
Even when I don’t feel it-He’s working-
He never stops-never stops working, He never stops! Never stops working!’
God takes the little things we don’t usually understand and works them out for our good.
Hear His voice, the still, small voice on the inside-
Rest in Him.
Trust in Him.
Do what is right, even when it’s hard.
When the rose bush is being trimmed, the pruning process is painful at the time-but it’s so necessary for the growth and blooms about to follow!
When God’s doing the pruning, He will make it right.
I read a devotion this morning that made me think along this lines, ‘Simple Living’ (TearFund). Here’s an excerpt:
God is in the business of taking small, tiny offerings and using them to create a huge impact. The small, smooth stones in David’s sling. A little boy with five loaves and two fish. The tiny mustard seed. A widow’s last few drops of oil and flour for a final meal with her son.
We often think of what we lack. The problems are too big; the world is too broken. But God is able to do abundantly more than all we could ask or imagine. He’s blessed us with creativity, ingenuity–and each other.
In considering the small things we can do and when we are uncertain of the way ahead, we can be encouraged that God takes our small steps–and our offerings along the way, inadequate though they seem–and breathes His life through them for His glory.
Chew over the words in Psalm 84:5 and thank God for the blessings He gives to those who set their hearts on pilgrimage.
God is for us! He is with us-through every step of our journey. He is faithful, and will never leave us or forsake us.
It’s easy to enjoy the enjoyable seasons of our lives… trusting God during the difficult times is where we see our inner character outwardly.
When we are stuck in a season when everything seems to be crumbling around us- the spotlight highlights us in moments of raw transparency-
Remember… the journey of life continues… this particular ‘mile’ will fade., bringing us closer to our destination.
Like a road map, so are the days of our life. All have meaning and purpose.