Think on this: The journey with God. Where does He have for you to go? What does He have for you to do? Where are you in that journey? Time to start? Time to speed up? Time to change directions?
“The other day,” Stan began, “I told you about our neighbors’ trip to England.”
“You did,” I replied. “About the fellow who led them to Salisbury and how that applies to following those who know how to lead.” [Note to the reader: See Posting Number 531, “Listening To Those Who Know”.]
“Exactly,” Stan replied, “and there is another part of their trip they told us about that has a real application to my faith walk.”
Continuing, he said, “After our neighbors toured the Salisbury Cathedral, they made their way to the Cotswolds in the English countryside. They spent a few days there enjoying the quiet pace, visiting the quaint villages with their thatched roof cottages, eating lots of clotted cream, and all sorts of things they really enjoyed.”
“Sounds wonderful,” I replied.
“They said they wished they could have stayed longer, but it was time to leave. When they checked out of the inn where they stayed, the owner asked them where they were headed.”
“My neighbor said he told the woman that they were going to drive to Oxford, visit the university, then drive to Dover to make their way across the channel to France. Then they were going to catch a train from Calais to Paris.”
“Sounds like a lot,” I said.
“It does,” Stan replied, “and the owner of the inn apparently said the same thing with her marvelous accent. She said it sounded like ‘a pig of a journey’! She then told them that they had better get started or they would never make it.”
“Did they make it all the way to Paris that day?” I asked.
“They did,” Stan replied. “They said it was a very long day, but they made it.”
Continuing, he added, “And that is the part that struck me as a great point for my faith walk with God.”
“How so?” I asked.
“There came a time in my Christian walk, when God spoke to me and said, in essence, ‘where are you intending to go with your faith?’ I told Him I wanted to go here, there, and everywhere. I wanted to go wherever He had for me to go and to do whatever He had for me to do.”
“How did God respond to that?” I asked.
“He said that it sounded like ‘a pig of a journey’ and that I had better get started or I was never going to make it.”
Concluding, Stan said, “And that’s what I did. I got started and I’m committed to not stopping until it’s time for me to step into eternity. Then I will have finished the journey God has for me on this side.”
Work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:12, 13.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, that you have things for me to do and places for me to go in working out the salvation you worked in through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ Jesus. I confess that too often, I am reluctant to get started or to continue going in the direction you have for me. Please forgive me. And please help me in following every step of your leading me in the direction you have for me. Please strengthen me so that I will not only begin the journey you have for me, but that I will stay with it during all of the time you keep me on this side of eternity. Thank you I can and do bring thee prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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