I was cruising down a rural highway when suddenly the RV in front of me came to a complete stop. I might have seen a sign about construction and signalmen ahead, but didn’t think much about it until we stopped.
This won’t take long. There’s not much traffic out today, I’m sure we’ll have our turn any minute now. Good music on the radio, so I’ll just sit here and sing along.
5 minutes ticked off the clock…
What is going on? I haven’t seen even one car come the other way. Did the signal man take a break? Just be patient. Still good sing-along music playing on the radio.
Still no signs of any cars coming the other direction. Did the signal man fall asleep? Maybe I should get out and see what’s going on? I can’t see anything from behind this RV! Why are we stuck here for SO long!? Just be patient. You’re on vacation. There’s no where you need to be right now. There’s no rush to get to your destination.
But I really want to get there! It’s what I’ve been waiting on for weeks! Be patient. The journey may be as important as the destination.
Finally the RV in front of me begins to move. I still can’t see anything in front of me, but I’m grateful it’s finally our turn. Then we came to a bend in the road and I could see what was in front of us. A truck was leading us through a lengthy construction zone where crews were laying new asphalt. A sign on the back of the truck said: “Pilot Car Follow Me”. He was there to lead us safely through this work zone.
Sometimes “follow me” means “be patient and wait for the right time”.
How often do we get focused on the destination and forget to pay attention to the journey? We’re anxious to grow up, graduate from school, get that next job, get married, start a family, for our children to grow up, for the next step in our calling. But, maybe the journey’s just as important as the destination. Maybe it’s even more important?
The journey can be just as important as the destination.
So, I slowed down and took notice of the scenery around me. I stopped for a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant. I decided to focus on what I’m learning in the journey and not be so focused on the destination. By slowing down and enjoying the journey, I arrived with a calm heart and ready to fully enjoy my destination.
When Jesus said “Follow me” to Peter, he was setting Peter out on a journey. Peter didn’t immediately become the bold evangelist we see later in Acts. No, he had to wait. Had to wait for the Holy Spirit to come. Had to wait as he practiced preaching and healing. It was through the journey Peter developed into the man Jesus called him to be.
The journey develops us so we’re prepared for the destination.
Yes, the destination is important and we need to have goals and identify where we’re called, but then we need to allow God to set the timeline and take us through His journey. It’s the journey, after all, that prepares us for the destination.
Where are you today? Impatiently waiting to get to your next destination? Or, are you allowing God to take you through the journey? I’m often impatient, but this was my reminder to relax and live into the journey.
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