As I look forward to a long surgery next Tuesday, followed by a longer and difficult recovery, I'm reminded that God is a God of the journey and in the journey. So, for those who are facing their own difficult journey in life right now, here is a bit of hope from WRESTLING WITH WONDER:
GOD IN THE JOURNEY
If God loves us, if he’s called us, shouldn’t he smooth our path? Shouldn’t he make it easy to follow his will?
Apparently not, because our God is the God of the journey. He is not the God of the easy way. He has no easy button.
So why do we think things like “If only I learned faster,” “What did I do to deserve this?” “Why is God punishing me?” or “I must be doing something wrong” when the journey is long and difficult, when we don’t arrive the moment we set out?
We forget that he knows what he’s doing. He has planned our travels, foreseen our journey. And there is a purpose in it. He travels with us. Within us.
Consider the journeys of the major players in biblical history:
—Abraham travels to the promised land.
—The Israelites travel across the desert, and wander in it, after the exodus from Egypt.
—Ruth travels to Israel and becomes the great-grandmother of King David.
—Daniel travels to Babylon.
—Mary travels to Bethlehem.
—Jesus travels from his throne in heaven to the dark, jostling womb of a woman.
Because God is the God of the journey and in the journey.
So we walk, we stumble, we run ... and we remember: The journey matters. God is in it. He has planned it from long ago that we might come to the place we need to be.
The journey isn’t easy, but we are not alone.
God is whispering in our ear: If there was another way to get you to where you need to be, I would have taken it. This is the only path. This dusty, rocky road is my will for you. Walk in it. Trust me, and travel to your Bethlehem. I am the God of the journey. I am the God in the journey. Walk with me …