We’re all traveling on this journey, this pilgrim’s progression. However, our passports aren’t made up of a little book that one can pull out and show at every gate. Instead, I’m speaking about the passport that sits deep within us and is only visible by the Greatest Gatekeeper. We’ve been to and through places not found on a map or globe. Our stamps are both visible and invisible. Physical stamps from detours or layovers like a surgery, injury, abuse or self-harm. Invisible stamps like those emotional in nature due to a loss from death, divorce, empty nests or broken relationships/dreams.
But, we also have stamps of victories, joy and precious moments! There are many beautifully placed stamps of God’s grace and goodness always redirecting us back to Him. Destinations that have helped us persevere and travel on.
Life’s travels are full of journeys and destinations. Some good and some not so good. Looking back briefly I can see that some of the detours and or unexpected layovers in my life, I had no control over, but most were due to an immature and selfish travel agent-me.
A couple of years ago I decided with God’s great help to stop planning my life according to my dreams and desires. Asking Him daily to fine tune my hearing to His gentle guidance. Let’s face it, after many failed attempts of my own, why not, finally trust in the One who promises to direct my paths and says, “I know the plans I have for you…”
As Christians, our ultimate destination is Home to Jesus our Savior. But are we trusting the Lord to make straight our paths here and now? Have we given much thought to the question, “where are you going?” And if so, is He leading?
Lord, we thank You that You have a plan for each one of us. That You have set a perfect path in which we are to walk. Help us, Lord, to surrender our plans to You. Help us to trust in Your perfect travel plans in which You always provide what we need along with Your traveling mercies. May we live lives that honor and glorify You. Thank You, Jesus, Amen.
This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6:16)
Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. (Psalm 25:4)
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)
Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. ~Jesus (Matthew 10:39)