For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NAS
Preparing for an adventurous road trip with family was exciting. It was filled with anticipation and joy for the journey ahead. The mileage signs posted on the road side offered guidance and encouragement counting down the miles to our destination.
However, there is no mileage indicator along the side of the road to count down the distance of life's arduous journey through trials and tribulations, or grief and loss. This is not a journey of joy. Regardless of the type or cause of difficult life journeys we will travel, they are all marked with signs of unknown mileage and challenges. These emotional excursions can be filled with calamity and great distress; excursions of extremely rough roads with diverse detours. There is no specific time schedule in recovering from these road trips, but there can be positive outcomes through wisdom gleaned from lessons learned while on these 'inevitable' life journeys.
No one looks forward to this type of trip, nor does anyone consider it a pleasurable adventure. Such journeys require a very specialized travel companion with extraordinary resources to sustain us through the challenges of difficult, troubling days; a traveling companion who knows the territory and understands all the dangers. It requires a wise companion who will provide direction and give assurance that there are clear roads and hope for better days ahead. Following such an experience, the recovery and healing process needed requires guidance and encouragement to count down the miles of the journey. There is only one truly qualified traveling companion to fill the passenger seat on the road trips of life, God the Father. Plus you receive the bonus power of three in one, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Trusting in God to travel with you on your pilgrimage will provide guidance and direction, and give you the courage needed to emerge from your journey in victory. Along with the assurance of recovery and healing, your faith will be strengthened. The wisdom gained from lessons learned will help you to help others in the future. Faith and trust in God will develop your endurance giving you the confidence you need to continue on to reach your final destination.
You have access to an all knowing, all sufficient, wise travel companion. He will lovingly and patiently stay with you (sometimes even carry you,) but He will always provide guidance and safe passage throughout your journey. He will light your way with hope for the future. He is your creator, your redeemer and your friend. He is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Invite Him to occupy your passenger seat on every journey. As you round the bend on your travels, you will discover the road is smoother and you are stronger and wiser than before your trip began. In making God your traveling companion, you will discover the promise of Jeremiah 29:11 to be 'truth.' He knows the plans He has for you, to give you a future and a hope. Only He has the power to carry out those plans.
by Jane Barrick