Ode to Traffic: Destination or Journey?

1-10 W to 59N get off onto 45S and then take exit 21 onto Faith Blvd, stay on Faith for 4 miles until you reach destination on your right.
too many traffic lights
1-10 W to 59N get off onto 45S and then take exit 25 onto Compromise Drive go 1.5 miles, turn right onto Faith, destination is at the corner of Compromise and Faith Blvd.
no that won’t either work
I-10 W to 59N get on the loop (610 headed South) and then bypass Faith Blvd. by staying on the feeder arrive at destination in 38 minutes
hmmm i think i like this route

Which do you choose, the fastest route with the least amount of stops that bypasses any interaction or the one that meanders through the streets of the community and is afflicted by the plights of the ordinary. We are conditioned, by technology which is as much of a blessing as it is a curse to always try and choose the fastest, less cumbersome route to get to our destination but the Christian walk is one mired with stops, traffic lights, pedestrians and yielding the right of way.

Like clay, we must go through the process each day to arrive at our destination fashioned in His image. The journey is crucial to reaching the destination, both are equally important. There is a brand of Christianity that markets traffic free trips, void of stop lights, setbacks and road construction. Beware because each shortcut taken to save a minute, to reduce our pain is one more character flaw, one more layer that must be later removed before we arrive at our final destination.

We will never succeed as long as we follow a bunch of rules, a bunch of steps to reach our destination. The road is fraught with detours and accidents that can only be maneuvered through by the One who knows the end from the beginning. The journey is a process of surrender, not knowing how but trusting that He will take you through each valley, each highway until you reach the other side.

Closing thought: The hardest thing is letting go when you believe you are in control. And so He uses disappointments to help us realize that we are stuck in a room blindfolded and the only way we can make it to the door is by first holding on to his hand and THEN taking a step.

Who walks in darkness and has no light?
Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God. Isaiah 50:10

6 comments:

Tisha said...

God must be tired of trying to teach me to surrender each time cos these are miss control freaks words.

Now i have a new habit, prodding God to speak like i can get him to do something he doesn't already want to do.
I need as much patience as God has. Thank God i am convinced he already loves me or i would have been asking endless questions.

Tisha said...

God must be tired of trying to teach me to surrender each time cos these are miss control freaks words.

Now i have a new habit, prodding God to speak like i can get him to do something he doesn't already want to do.
I need as much patience as God has. Thank God i am convinced he already loves me or i would have been asking endless questions.

Jaycee said...

Wow, this post just encouraged me to keep being patient. God knows our steps, and He knows we'll get to our final destination (and when).

I loved this: "We are conditioned, by technology which is as much of a blessing as it is a curse to always try and choose the fastest, less cumbersome route to get to our destination but the Christian walk is one mired with stops, traffic lights, pedestrians and yielding the right of way."

Rainyjoy said...

truly, 'the journey is a process of surrender'. its not easy waking up every morning and letting God have His way no matter how uneasy and slow the process might take.

God teach us to surrender all to You because You have seen the end from the beginning.

thanks 4 sharing.

Kafo said...

@ Rainjoy: :) sometimes i forget that he knows it all and try to control life, but as you said He teaches us, one day at a time

@ Jaycee: I live on my computer and i realize that when i turn it off and try and deal with people i get easily frustrated because of the ease and speed of my PC

@ Tisha: :) i tried that to. Tried to manipulate him with my fasting, keeping the commandments but yeah
Only His grace

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