We can have plans for today, but we do not always have the privilege of seeing our plans completed as we desired from the start. Some days the sun shines bright, the wind blows light and there is an ease in the air that gives us a sense that the day will unfold with gentle dependability. Other days begin with blustery winds from the east, brooding clouds to the north and such general upheaval that we can be easily coerced to stay under cover until the day’s tumult blows over. Most of us do not have the luxury to be fair weather travelers and we must sojourn through each micro-season that we find ourselves cast into. For those whose Captain is the Lord, we have a trustworthy guide who has gone before us in the day’s journey and who comes alongside as we plow through the stuff of our busy work days. If we live in such a mindset, that our Captain holds us and our future in his hands, then this belief will make our travels more beneficial to us. As we rest in Him, we can be certain that we are indeed safe from each and every storm that comes upon us; we can save our energies to not fight against the storm, but rather, go through the storm while holding fast to the One who travels with us, through us, before and after us. As Paul the Apostle taught us, regardless of our traveling conditions, keeping a cheerful focus on the One who leads us will safely deliver us from the ruts and rocks, the ups and downs of this day’s journey. We can pace ourselves in this knowledge today!
2 Corinthians 5:8-10 ~ Do you suppose a few ruts in the road or rocks in the path are going to stop us? When the time comes, we’ll be plenty ready to exchange exile for homecoming. But neither exile nor homecoming is the main thing. Cheerfully pleasing God is the main thing, and that’s what we aim to do, regardless of our conditions. (from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)
“The best way out is always through.” Robert Frost