Enjoy the Journey
Many years ago while serving as a youth minister in Southern Illinois I was asked to go to West Virginia to hold a revival. Never having been there before we drove the interstate to Charleston. It was then that the map showed the road we needed to take exiting the four lane and taking a two lane road. I still remember the experience! It was the most winding, crooked road I had ever been on. Debbie and I were both worn out and a little car sick from driving it when we arrived at the church where I would be preaching. When the people there asked how our trip was, I commented about the road we had taken. They said, “Oh you shouldn’t have taken that road. You should have taken the interstate.” It seems our map was out of date and didn’t show a new interstate that would have replaced 70 effort filled sickening miles with an effortless and safe four lane. We ended up moving there and ministering to that church for four years. It was a sweet ministry and we still have fond memories of our time spent there, but that probably would never have happened if it hadn’t been for the interstate. The thought of traveling that winding road any time we wanted to get somewhere would have kept us from going there.
In much the same way, many people will be kept from the sweetness of Heaven because of the road they are taking. Winding roads of men’s inventions and alternatives. Even as those people said the interstate was the only way to go, Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.” John 14:6 There truly is a better way to go, the only way really, and it won’t wear out. It won’t disappoint or discourage you when you travel it.