Have you ever taken a trip and wished you could skip the travel and just “get there?” Or started a class and wanted to get it over with so you could get the grade? Or even taken up a new interest or hobby, and longed to forget the learning part and go directly to the “enjoyable” part?
Well, life is a journey! And on this journey there are activities to do, new thoughts to think, and knowledge to be learned. In short, life is all about growth.
So is the spiritual life. And in one’s journey with God, in addition to the activities, thoughts, and knowledge, there is also a relationship to grow between you and God. It’s that relationship that presents the biggest challenge.
If intimacy with God were simply an activity to do, you could add it to your “to-do” list, and work on it until it got done. Then you could check it off your list. Knowledge is also easy – just learn it! New ways of thinking is trickier, but can still be done with practice.
But a relationship can’t be checked off. A relationship is a vibrant, dynamic, living thing that ebbs and flows, and needs constant attention.
The relationship begins when you sense the need for something more in your life and turn to God to fulfill that need. It continues as you grow in listening to God, understanding more of Him, and experiencing His ways.
A journey with God requires a willingness to be in it for the long haul. One could bail out at any time, and many have, but those who bail out never know how the rest of the trip turns out, and they miss the sights along the way.
One of those “sights” along the way is the peace that comes through learning to trust God with everything. Ok, that sounds like a cliche. But I’m talking about real trust, the kind that looks at the bills and the inadequate bank account, talks to God about it, and comes away feeling calm and at peace – even though the money is not yet in hand. Or the surprising peace that comes even through the pain of the loss of a loved one.
Another along-the-way “sight” is God’s love. When it feels like everyone else has thrown rejection your way, God’s love is still there to pick you up off the ground, dust you off, and remind you of the prince/princess you really are to Him.
In between high moments like these is . . . the journey, the daily consistent relating, choosing the right action or thought, experiencing God in small ways.
Sometimes this journey feels long and slow. But while you may wish to hurry this journey up, God’s promise is that if you do not stop, He will complete the work He has begun in you (see Philippians 1:6).
So please share . . . What things have you learned along this journey?