You’ll travel safely, you’ll neither tire nor trip. 24 You’ll take afternoon naps without a worry, you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep. 25 No need to panic over alarms or surprises, or predictions that doomsday’s just around the corner. 26 Because God will be right there with you; he’ll keep you safe and sound (Proverbs 3:23-26 The Message).
The trip I took this past week was in honor of my dad who passed away three years ago. He had planned to take a vacation with my mom. Their original plan was to stop at different locations and enjoy life and each other. They were not able to do it, so my sister, my mom, and I did it. During this trip, I learned a lot about allowing Jesus to guide me. However, there are two things I discovered that stood out to me. They are:
He will take you where you need to go and not always were you want to go.
I did not want to have a vacation in Muncie, Indiana because I honestly didn’t think we would have a nice time. Although we’d planned to drop off my cousins and leave immediately, God had other plans. We were able to visit many people who appeared genuinely happy to see us.
He showed me that we should stop when and where we are needed.
We were going to get our hotel room and then call a lady the same evening. She was someone we hadn’t seen since moving from Louisiana. Our plan had been to visit with her the following day. God had other plans. We called her while sitting outside her house. She had tears in her eyes when she opened the door, a sure sign, she was pleased to see us. That made me feel good.
In my travels through life, I’ve ventured down good roads, had detours, and also taken some rough roads. The move to Florida has been challenging, but I keep hearing the conversation that my dad had with my mom; “God doesn’t always put us in a place to learn the good of it, sometimes he wants us to learn from the bad. “What”…learn from the bad? But I learned that when things are going bad, I need to put my Hope and Trust in the Lord.
When I feel like I am not welcomed in a place and my anxiety gets high, I am reminded of His word in Psalm 32:7-8 (NLT), 7 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. 8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. I know that God is with me, I am looking at what he would like me to learn, and I have the assurance that he will guide me through this stage of my life.
Prayer: Father God, I thank you for the hope I have in you. I thank you for being my hiding place and for protecting my mind and soul! Continue to guide me on the path that you have for me. Do not let me become weary and swallowed up by the disappointments of my life.
Your turn: Do you have a memorable trip you’ve taken? What stood out about it? Are there journeys in life that you’d like share? I’d love to hear from you!