Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
I heard this phrase recently – honor the journey.
Maybe you’ve heard it too.
The thought is that the journey plays a significant role in preparing you for your destination and so you should honor it instead of feeling like it is a drudgery.
I get the drudgery part. I just want to be more patient, kind, loving, prayerful, wise, generous, but I don’t like paying the price to get there.
I want to bypass all the hills and valleys that it takes to get to my desired destination.
But that’s not how it works with physical logistics and that’s not how it works with spiritual logistics. The journey is a requirement for the destination.
And for us as Christians, it’s something more like honor the God of the journey.
God is faithful to get you to where He wants you to be but it will be on His terms, not yours. He’s not a genie you just snap your fingers and your every wish is His command.
And looking back at some of the stupid things I’ve wished for, I glad.
So honor the journey because in so doing you honor the God of the journey.
And let me make a point here as well.
Sometimes we are the one who takes off into some crazy trail the leads us way off course when God’s way would have been much easier. Our destination might have been just around the corner but we thought we knew a shortcut and it ended up costing us precious time and resources.
I’m not sure where you are right now. After all, I’m not the one holding the map. But where ever you are you need to stop asking why and start asking what do I need to learn or how can I trust you more.
He’s in control.
Christ-likeness is the goal – the destination.
And God has it all figured out.
Quit trying to speed up the process because the process is His method. Uncertainty is His tool for trust, humility is His tool for exaltation, and serving is His tool for impact. And these are all part of the of the journey God has appointed for you.
Quit leaning on what you think you know. Submit your plans to Him. And He will direct you, lead you, comfort you, and provide for you what you need. Honor the God who holds your journey in His hands.