1 Peter 4:19 — So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good (NIV).
Have you ever gone on a long, car trip with small children? If not, maybe you have been the small child on a long, car trip. If you’re like me, you’ve experienced it both ways. When I was little, my parents chauffeured my sister and me all over the United States from Carrollton, Texas. (There are not many states I haven’t been to because of our marathon family trips.)
We drove to Yellowstone in Wyoming, Disney World in Orlando, Seattle, D.C., Las Vegas, and more. We even drove to Toronto and Vancouver in Canada! The car rides were less than desirable, and my sister and I probably blurted out, “Are we there yet?” hundreds of times.
I can’t complain, though. I’ve had the rare opportunity to see Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon. I’ve snow skied in both Colorado and New Mexico. I’ve seen the Golden Gate Bridge and walked Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. Reaching the final destination was always the highlight of my childhood travels, but I did not fully appreciate the thousands of miles we drove in order to get there. I just wanted to be there fast. Some trips were smooth and easy, but others were long and exhausting.
The same is true as we travel down the road to God’s will. Many times you will enjoy mountaintop experiences, but other times God will lead you through valleys. Perhaps you are suffering today as you faithfully follow God’s direction. Maybe you’ve recently asked Him, “Am I there yet?” I want to encourage you not to give up. Keep in mind it is on the road to His will that your character is built. Lastly, enjoy the trip and be willing to endure because the final destination is worth it.
Psalm 51:12 — Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me (NIV).
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