Grace For the Journey!

"Oh no, I think we made another wrong turn!"I said as we slowly turned around for the fifth time in less than an hour. The stage was set for us to get perfectly lost. My mom and I were driving in unknown territories without a GPS. We had just landed in Washington, D.C. and had a three hour drive ahead of us.

We had a printed map with instructions, but the roads were very confusing. We would start down a road and then see signs for another road, that we were supposed to be on, and we would have to get through two to three lanes of traffic to make it to our turn. Several times this was on the highway, and sometimes the exits would be on the left side of the road. Time and time again, I would get completely frustrated with the roads and the directions, and soon I realized I was upset at my Mom too, for taking the wrong turns. I had to apologize to my Mom and ask her forgiveness. Soon, we made it to a highway that we would travel on for the next 85 miles.

Two hours later, we made it to my brother's apartment, and we were happy to have finally arrived, but when we tried to find our hotel later that evening, we got equally as lost as we did earlier in the day.

As I looked back over the events of the day before I went to bed that night, I realized how our journey had been like our Spiritual walk with God. God has given us His word as a road map for our lives, but we must choose to follow it. As we go along in our life, we make choices, and sometimes have to turn around to get back on the right path, but the directions stay the same. Often there will be lots of people going the same way, and God will take us in a completely different direction, but we have to follow. And in the end, when we get to heaven we will be happy to have finally arrived. And the journey won't seem so frustrating, because God's grace will be with us all the way.

So thank God for the trials in your life each day,
And follow His directions as you seek His Word and pray.
And when the way gets complicated and confusing,
Keep on the narrow path, not the one of your choosing.

When you reach the other side,
Thank God for being your guide,
See, there was no need to worry,
God gave you grace for your journey.

"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."
2 Corinthians 12:9-10


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