You would think I would be getting used to this supernatural stuff that seems to happen when you are working on a relationship with God. However, it still amazes me how God puts exactly the right things in your path at exactly the right time.
Thanks to the tenacity of Ray Mapel and his daily postings (that I count on), today was just such a day. God threw this little gem of a quote my way.
“Don’t confuse your path with your destination. Just because its stormy now does not mean that you are not headed for sunshine.”
I can equate this with riding my motorcycle. There are many, many times I have taken motorcycle trips to destinations that were long anticipated and we were very excited to arrive. There were just as many times that before we arrived at the destination that we sat on corners with all available maps and GPS’s on deck and the guys were shrugging their shoulders saying, well I don’t know how we missed it (meaning the right turn, the right highway, the right town or even the right state.
Which is more important, the journey or the destination? It can be a catch 22 sort of situation.
We cannot let ourselves get so focused on the destination that we forget the journey, not only forget the journey but forget the fact that God sent us on that journey and He knows full well the detours and potholes we will encounter. Even though we might not be aware of it, He also knows the lessons the journey will teach us.
The destination should not be the final state of being either, don’t misjudge the destination, it is probably wise to remember that the destination we have in mind may not be the same destination God has in mind for us. Also good to remember that all the whining, stomping of feet or pouting probably won’t change the outcome.
Maybe the only destination should be to find complete and total freedom and truth in our Father God.
Sometimes the journey can feel like a bit of a secret mission, because if we are not dodging potholes, changing flat tires or waiting on the side of the road with a gas can, we are encountering storms in epic proportions. You get soggy, cold, frustrated, downright depressed, and your enthusiasm is running mighty thin. You are sitting in the storm thinking the sun is never going to be stronger than the clouds.
However, God in His infinite wisdom knows that the only journey that counts is the journey within. God knows, but we have yet to figure out, that destinations are indeed important, because they create the possibility (or need) for the journey.