Echoes from the Backseat


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We live in a scheduled, instant-access, hurry-up world.

This past June, we took a road trip of over 5,000 miles through 11 states and Canada over 16 days. Along the way I heard the phrases common to every parent driving a car: Are we there yet? How much longer? Are you sure this is the right way? I’m tired of waiting.

As Christians, we are to live by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). The journey of faith seldom sees beyond the next step; yet these same phrases have always echoed from the backseat.

  • Noah lived in a land where it had never rained. He was told by God to build a giant boat in which to save his family and the animal life from a world-wide flood. Can you hear Mrs Noah asking, “Honey, are you sure it was God talking and not the extra piece of pepperoni pizza right before bed?”
  • Abraham was told by God to go to a land that I will show you (Gen 12:1). Can you hear his nephew riding on the back of the camel asking, “When will we get there?
  • Moses led the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt on a journey that normally took 2 months. 40 years later, can you hear the cries, “Are we there yet?
  • Joshua was appointed leader of Israel after Moses died. His first act was to lead the people to a dead-end at the Jordan River. Someone must have said, “You should have asked for directions.

If the sovereign God is leading you, remember that He works differently than you do. You may see a problem ahead or experience a looming deadline, but you’re waiting on the One in charge of the agenda. When God brings you to a roadblock or a dead-end, you wait until God makes a way through the river or turns the car around. When God speaks, He always makes His voice clear; but until He speaks, you wait. God never has a “Plan B”, that would mean He makes mistakes, so you wait for Him to work out “Plan A.”

And trying to hurry the driver only results in a speeding ticket that causes you to miss great sites like the Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, and then delayed arrival at the intended destination (story here).

God is always more interested in the journey than in the final destination: He’s trying to teach you something about Himself and about yourself.

There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel – that will stand (Proverbs 19:21).

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