There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.
(Proverbs 14:12 ESV)
This is my idea of a good road. I know it looks quiet and boring. For myself, I find that those quiet and boring roads offer much, for me, in terms of prayer and listening to God.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
(Psalm 46:10 ESV)
This kind of highway scares me. It looks noisy, stressful and very frightening.
If we were to compare our relationship with Jesus against the photos…would it look like the country road or would it look like the highway?
I don’t know about you folks but my journey is reflected in both of those photos. There are times when it is calm and there are times when it is very chaotic.
I suppose I could wind this up with a plug for having a consistent daily quiet time or some other thing. I don’t think that would accomplish anything except make our frustration levels go a little bit higher. I am finding, in my journey, that everyone has an opinion about how a walk with Jesus should look; but in reality, only a very small number of those people actually walk out what they teach.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
(Hebrews 12:1-3 ESV)
Making that reality of our relationship with Jesus visible is the purpose, or the destination, of our faith journey. How that happens, and how it looks, is going to be different for each person. The challenge in this process is trying to find that path and then staying on it heading in the right direction until you reach the end of the journey.
My Prayer is, as you encounter God in your journey, that you will be transformed by His Spirit and become more like Jesus and find His joy as you make this trip.