Life is a journey not a destination and if we aren’t careful we can get so caught up in the destination we forget to enjoy the journey. God wants us to experience His goodness throughout our life and we don’t have to wait until we get to Heaven!
“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!” (Psalm 27:13)
“Are we there yet?” is a question travellers often ask, especially kids in the back seat of a car!
It’s a valid question but sometimes I think we get so caught up how far we are from achieving our goal that we can miss the point. Jesus came to give us life and life in ALL its fullness (John 10:10).
He didn’t come to give us great achievements, although there is nothing wrong in achieving great things, but when they become our focus, our lives can become out of balance.
God is all about giving life, new life and doing life, He cares about every detail of our lives.
We can go on walks and forget to ‘breathe in the fresh air’ or ‘smell the roses’ or go on scenic trips and not take the time to look at God’s amazing creation. We can often go through life and miss out on amazing conversations, new friendships, being inspired by others’ stories, receiving encouragement, healing or allowing our wounds to become someone’s healing and our comfort to become someone’s comfort.
Take time and be interruptible
If we would only just take time and be interruptible. Jesus had time for everyone, still to this very day.
Life has up and downs but if you learn to enjoy the journey you can see how truly beautiful it can be. This life can have the most ugly situations but God can turn them into His masterpiece and truly make all things work together for good.
So stop getting frustrated to get there and trust God!
For example, if your on a plane and it takes you eight hours to get to your desired destination there is nothing you can do to get there any faster. You have two options:
- Get stressed, frustrated and worked up that you are not getting there quicker; or
- You can enjoy the flight, talk to people, read a book, watch TV, have a nap, whatever it may be.
It’s the same with God, nothing is going to get you to a destination any sooner than God’s timing. You can get frustrated about God’s plan for your life or enjoy the journey getting there.
The question shouldn’t be: “Are we there yet?” But, “Am I enjoying the journey getting to my destination?”
One of the most important things in our journey is to remember to simply Love, which is spelt T-I-M-E.
I will finish with a quote from one of my best friends from Honduras who says, “Be free, live your life, go on the adventure.”
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Enjoy the journey.
This article was written by Scottish youth pastor, Steven McLeish who serves at Destiny Church, Glasgow. He is also a spoken word artist with several videos on YouTube. These can be watched on his Spoken Light channel.