Reading "My Utmost for His Highest" the other morning, it spoke of how The Lord is not overly concerned about our goal, but instead deeply wanting us to meet him in the process of getting there. This is where the heart of a true believer is forged. We may not ever achieve the goal but we develop the mindset that he us with us no matter the toll to get there.
We tend to be disappointed when we don't lose that weight, climb that mountain, or get that job we have worked for, but did we meet The Lord in the journey to get there or just expect to meet him if we made it to the goal?
Which, of course, brings me to my recent trip from Ft. Lauderdale to 75 on the Florida Turnpike- more than 300 miles of road for about $25. I thought that was rather much, but the van driver who picked me up at the airport yesterday said it was well worth it rather than have to travel on 95 with all the congestion. The toll was well worth the result as it turns out.
Also yesterday, our flight from Pensacola was a turbo prop with propellers, and held only about 30 people. My row in the back was 4 across and I had the aisle seat. As we ascended to 20k feet, the turbulence was significant. The woman next to me traveling with her daughter looked at me and I noticed the fear in her eyes. I said without hesitation that "being such a little plane there were going to be big bumps" and, possibly reassured, she said "keep talking to me.”
Certainly the toll of our journey may be expensive, and there will definitely be bumps on the way, but as long as we maintain a dialogue with God and he keeps talking to us, we will reach our destination.
And in that process we discover the essence of His nature, the full extent of his love and that our toll will never be more than the price he originally paid for our souls.
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at email@example.com.