JOY in the Journey

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog. Actually, it’s been over a month since I’ve written. The last time was Thanksgiving, and then…life got crazy, hectic, busy, all of the above. A hectic mind and tired body shouldn’t be a continual excuse, but it’s what happened. And that’s okay.

It’s not my “normal” posting day. It’s not a Monday, I know. But as I start the new year, with Gavin now being eight hours away with me, with having to be more and more of an adult recently, and with only having a month left of being a teenager, I've fully realized some things. 

Life’s not perfect. Our schedule isn’t perfect. We’re not perfect. And like I said, that’s okay.

Our relationship with God isn’t this cookie-cutter, same exact thing everyday kind of relationship. Habits are created to help us keep on track, but sometimes we are going to break them. Sometimes something may interrupt our schedule of normality; it may cause us to go slightly astray. But it doesn’t mean that it is the end of the world, and it doesn’t mean that just because you missed one or two mornings (or even a week of your daily devotional), or that you missed some Sundays at church, that you are all of a sudden a bad or lost Christian.

No, it just means you’re human. And through all of our human imperfections is where we find God.

A life chasing God is a journey, and in any good journey, things don’t always go according to plan. Sometimes there are unexpected setbacks, unexpected detours, unexpected difficulties.

Sometimes we may grow weary. Sometimes we may get lost. Sometimes we may forget that whole perseverance thing. We may momentarily forget the ultimate goal and get caught up in the bustle around us. But it doesn’t mean we have just given up or gone the complete opposite direction of where the road was leading us.

I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.
— Ecclesiastes 9:11

Just because we slip up, just because we stray, it doesn’t mean that we just stay off track and stop seeking. We are sojourners in this crazy life who are simply following, trusting, and reaching out to the great, big God that holds the whole world in His hands. We may not see every step ahead of us, and we may get a little lost every now and then, but in the end we are just going on the most epic adventure of our lives that God has mapped out specifically for us.

On this adventure, we will make mistakes, but we will learn from them. We will struggle in our faith, but if we keep seeking, our faith will ultimately grow deeper. It’s not going to be perfect, and it’s not always going to be easy. But through every step, God is there. He’s there even when we don’t think He is. 

Sometimes in this journey, we have to take the next step forward even if we don’t think we are ready. We have to trust that if we take the step God wants us to, we’ll land with both feet on the ground. He’ll take us to places we’ve never even dreamed of.

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
— Deuteronomy 31:6

We trust Him. We grow closer to Him. We learn more about Him. We build a stronger and deeper faith in Him all while we are going on the most epic adventure. How awesome is that?

A relationship with God is a journey with unexpected twists and turns, hard trials, and awe-inspiring moments. It’s a journey that, if we keep following the trail guide, will lead us to our destination of a life everlasting. 

So yeah, being eight hours away from Gavin will be hard, but it's all just part of the journey, and it's a chance for me have deeper relationships with others and a deeper relationship with Christ all while going on a great expedition. I'll never be perfect, life will never be perfect, the journey will never go exactly how I'm planning, but luckily for me, and for all Christians, we serve the most knowledgeable tour guide and perfection himself.