07 Apr Road Trips
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
Isaiah 40:29 NIV
When my daughter was 2 years old, we decided to take a trip to Disney and did the 16-17 hour drive to Florida. My daughter had been fully potty trained a few months before. I was nervous at the thought of driving down with a toddler, public restrooms and potential accidents relating to bathroom stops. On the way to Florida, my daughter was fantastic. 1-2 hours before we arrived at our destination, however, she started to scream. She was determined to get out of her car seat and wanted me to hold her. I decided to get into the back seat with her to comfort her. That wasn’t enough. She wanted to be in my arms.
Life is definitely a journey. We pass through many signs and directions for the route we are supposed to be on. We may experience stumbling blocks along the way. Our time of arrival may be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. There are so many things that can happen as we go on this walk of life. I’ve noticed in my own walk with Christ, there have been times where I just wanted to scream and go into my Father’s arms. Looking back, those moments were usually RIGHT BEFORE my destination in that season or chapter of my life. During our drive down, my daughter could not comprehend that we had just driven the majority of the way and were SO CLOSE to our destination. All she wanted was comfort from her mother. Just like her, we have those moments where we need to be comforted during a rough ride in life.
Isn’t it awesome to know that we can indeed scream and run to our Father when life sucks up all of our strength and energy?! We are able to get the comfort we need to complete our journey and make it all the way. He is THAT amazing!
On the way back home from our trip, my daughter began screaming the last couple of hours. Same thing. She needed that comfort. And I gave her what she needed to get through the journey. God knows what we need and when it is needed. He is so gracious to us and walks this journey with us, if we allow Him. He also gives us the strategies to get through the most difficult moments.
My strategy definitely changed when we decided to have a Disney vacation, again. This time, we flew! Best decision ever! And while this choice cut our time immensely in reaching our destination, I will always remember our first trip to Disney, driving with my husband and my daughter with her hot pink aviator sunglasses in the back. It was on this first trip that we learned what to do and what not to do for the next time.
That long journey may not be pleasant, but may be the very reason you grow in wisdom and knowledge for the next round. Just hang on. He’s got you.