Traveling: Destination Decisions

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Our next trip is to Lancaster—plowed fields, horse drawn buggies, and home-cooked meals with far too many carbs and calories. I’ve checked the forecast so I’ll know how to pack, made reservations in our favorite hotel, and purchased tickets for Sight & Sound. I can feel my body relax just thinking about it.

We choose a destination, make travel plans, and sketch out an itinerary. Or, we enroll for the course, apply for the job, make an offer on the house. We choose a church, prepare for a birth, cook for guests. We upsize and downsize, change cars and careers, watch our kids move out and our parents age out. Even when unseen, there’s change on the horizon, welcome and unwelcome, with disappointments and opportunities.

We’re always on a road to somewhere, traveling to a destination or toward a goal. What road are you now on? Is it long or short, bumpy or smooth, city traffic or country lane, toll road or scenic route? Are you happy to travel this road or longing for the trip to end?

It’s to our advantage to remember that life is merely a journey, not our destination. The many mini destinations of life are simply stops along the road to our final, great destiny, where the roads are gold, the water clear as crystal, and the neighborhoods vibrant. There are no detours, potholes, or disappointing accommodations. The food is great and the company even greater. There’s no crowding, no distress, and nothing holding us back.

So, pause in your earthly journey and remember your true destination. It puts life in perspective and makes current frustrations and disappointments tolerable. Psalm 84:5-7 always encourages me (emphases mine).

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baka [weeping],
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.

My friends, the path we’re now walking is part of a pilgrimage. By faith, let’s turn the places of weeping into life-giving springs and move from strength to strength—soon we’ll reach our ultimate destination and it will be worth the challenges we pass along the way.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Pelliccio
    Oct 25, 2018 @ 10:24:44

    Thanks for this. Our road is pretty bumpy right now and destination is open-ended. Only God knows and He cares more about the situation than we realize.

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    • Barbara
      Oct 25, 2018 @ 11:46:20

      I hear you, Ellen. We hit a giant glitch yesterday… and I had just roughed out the next “traveling” blog on detours! I don’t know how we could handle these disappointments without God.

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  2. Carol L. Brix
    Oct 26, 2018 @ 20:50:20

    Thank you, Barbara, for this insight. It’s true, our “road” is never what we really have planned, but God KNOWS what’s next if we just are patient. Now we are “planning” my Dad’s 100th birthday. We are praying that he will continue to live until Feb.. 4th when he will be 100. All the plans are made, the restaurant picked, and people invited. This is our road as well as getting my husband well again from back surgery he had last month. Time, sometimes we want it to pass quickly, other times we want it to slow down. I’m looking forward to our time with Jesus after this life. As Mercy Me sings: “i Can Only Imagine”!

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