One of the things that used to really get to me, when the kids were little, was the sound of the voices coming from the back of the car “are we nearly there yet”. Usually, this happened, when we reversed off the drive and could carry on for the entire length of the journey. Even now they are all grown up, if they want to irritate me, they will sit in the car and whine “are we nearly there yet” – bless ‘em.
But, I wonder sometimes, if we do much the same with God? We focus on where we want to get to and what we think the blessings ought to be when we arrive. God, I believe, is focussed on the journey.
Sometimes the Bible does give us a specific word or a verse that really blesses us in a situation. Sometimes God wants us to engage with the journey and the words of the Bible encourage to see the journeys that others have been on. In my opinion too many Christians use the Bible like a SatNav, they want to program in their destination, throw the book open, and it guide them to where they want to be. II Obadiah 9 vs. 76;
And lo the Lord spake unto the people “thus says the Lord, this year we holiday in Skegness”
(For the record, I happen to be quite fond of Skegness)
I read something this morning written by Selwyn Hughes that really spoke to me. He said;
Perseverance produces character and character is a big word in God’s economy. Concentrate on being who God wants you to be and God will place you where He wants you to be
In other words, look at the journey don’t just focus on the destination. You can trust God, He will get you to where you need to be when He needs you there but, in the meantime enjoy the scenery and see how God can and will grow you.
Because I, your GOD, have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go. I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you.’
(Isaiah 41 vs. 13)