I take great comfort—especially these days—knowing I am a child of God. He loves us as His own, and He has great patience with us. I like to think of life as a road trip with God. He’s driving as our Father, and we are in the back seat. Within minutes of the trip, we are asking “Are we there yet?” We proceed to then badger Him with: where exactly are we going, what will we do there, and why are we even going?
How often does our enthusiasm wane quickly from the trip God has taken us on? We say we are good with wherever He has in mind, but then we try to bargain and suggest certain stops and start to complain when we feel it is taking too long. We are bored, hungry and tired; yet, the journey continues. We forget who we are traveling with, and we neglect to see the beauty along the way.
God never lets us starve nor does he aimlessly drive us around, although it may feel like that at times, especially when we look through our eyes and not His. Every turn and detour has a purpose for us specifically because your road trip with God is different than mine. I don’t know about yours, but I’ve had potholes on mine that would swallow up a Mini Cooper! Alas, I’m still here, and I am grateful.
Right now, the road is dark and a scary. As a country where we are headed definitely doesn’t feel right, but we must trust the Driver. He knows the way. He’s been to hell and back and has the scars to prove it. And you know what? He came back for us…for YOU! He doesn’t want anyone left behind. His vehicle has plenty of room for us all. We just have to get in.
Getting in the car with God takes courage to let go of the wheel, but the place He will ultimately take us can’t be found on our own. It isn’t on any map but is real as you and me. And the best question we can ask is not of God but of ourselves: what’s the condition of my heart?
Thanksgiving week is a perfect opportunity to do a heart check. We may be in this world, but we should not be of it. Will you take that drive with God? Despite the bumps in the road, I am extremely grateful to have God driving my life and going on the journey with me. I wish you a healthy, happy, safe and blessed Thanksgiving.