When you’re driving and you look over your shoulder to check your blind spot, has your car ever veered to the side? When I took driver’s ed, the instructor taught us that we need to be careful about keeping the car centered at the same time we would check our blind spot. “Your car will often follow where you look.”
I’ve followed this advice mulitple times and reflected on the times when I let myself get distracted from a goal or destination with the subsequent collision or loss of direction. So it always helps me to remember Hebrews 12:2 where it says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author & perfector of our faith!” Jesus is our goal, so let’s keep focusing on Him throughout each day!
We are in the middle of our annual family vacation & this year, we’re driving round trip from Denver to Washington, D.C. So far, we’ve stopped along the way to hang out with family & friends, enjoying some wonderful time to catch up & reconnect.
Driving is an interesting experience for me because I usually fly & endeavor to make my travel time as short as possible. This kind of travel is a dramatically slower form of getting from point A to B, so it’s an altogether different experience.
Seems to me that our journey with God has different speeds. We can go through seasons when it seems like we’re moving super fast & making speedy progress. Then there are times when things are going so slowly that it hardly seems like we’re moving at all. Maybe God is more about the fellowship with us along the journey rather than the speed at which we reach our destinations.
I recently made a fairly quick trip to Cambodia & had an absolutely wonderful time!! The journey to and from Cambodia was interesting. On the way there, I completely lost Fri, March 2nd because I left on March 1st and landed in Cambodia on March 3rd. On the way home, I got to have a double portion of Wed, March 7th. On this trip, I was traveling by myself and it was an interesting journey. If I’m not careful, I can easily get caught up in the mechanics of travel: where I’m sitting on the planes, what kind of food I’m eating, airline schedules, luggage challenges, etc. But here’s my thought – the journey isn’t as important as Who is traveling with me.
As we walk through life, there will be highs & lows along the journey because that’s the nature of life. What’s important about our journey in life isn’t the highs & lows, but rather that we are walking with Jesus and our communion and fellowship with Jesus. Truly, Jesus in our lives is more important than where we are going or how we get there. Remember that Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” 🙂
Over the last few days, I’ve done a little bit of traveling – specifically to Dallas & Phoenix. Why I went to some of the hottest cities in America in August is still somewhat comical to me, but I had a great time in both places & enjoyed the people immensely 🙂
With that being said, it helps to know some traveling tips from people who travel alot – you know the stuff like:
if you bring alot of books your luggage will be really heavy,
don’t forget deodrant when you go to places with high temperatures,
put your toothbrush in one of those toothbrush covers so when the shampoo explodes you won’t be foaming at the mouth when you brush,
be nice to the TSA people, they’ve already had their quota of complaints & harassments for the day
Here’s some travel tips for the journey called, “life”:
enjoy the journey – love your kids & husband / wife all along each day of the journey so your life will be rich
be generous with kind words & encouragement, even to strangers for the selfish reason that giving to others always leaves you with a contentment that exceeds words
the various paths & directions that you life take aren’t as important as the people on the journey with you
the presence of Jesus on any path is always better than the destination or achievement – maybe that’s the whole point of the journey of life: getting to know Jesus 🙂
Recently, I heard a song about wanting more of God in our lives. I was really enjoying the song when I felt the Holy Spirit interrupt my bliss & tell me that I couldn’t get more of God in my life until I freed up some capacity. I didn’t really understand what I was hearing until I began to think about the things that I have going on in my life – both essentials & non-essentials.
Most of us lead busy lives. We fill up our time, spend our energies, “invest” our money, give our attention & focus to lots of things (some important & some not important). We all know that we have limited amounts of time, energy, focus, money, etc. So the question that could be valuable for our consideration is related to how we spend the limited amounts of time, etc. If we want more of God, let’s consider how we can make space for Him in our lives. Maybe we could shuffle some of our sched to snag a few extra minutes to spend w God. Could you give Him a little more attention by putting some Bible verses in cards & posting them in your car or on the bathrm mirror, etc? Would you consider asking God to adjust your desires to more accurately reflect what pleases Him?
These are just some ideas that you might find helpful in creating more space for God in your life.
The destination to “more of God” is on the road called, “less of me”. Not many make the journey bc of the personal expense.