Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Leah dropped into her seat in the car and breathed a sigh of relief. Why did it take so much effort to get her little family ready to go on vacation? Even the hour drive to the mountains required multiple hours of preparation.
Leah leaned her head back and closed her eyes. She had gotten everything together just in time. What a sacrifice of time and energy it had been! Whatever was forgotten they would do without--no matter what it might be! They were getting on the road now and would have four entire days in the mountains to play as a family. She pictured long walks, wading in the streams, sleeping late, and . . .
"Mom, how far is it to the mountains?" Jeremy asked, interrupting her thoughts.
"I don't know, Jeremy. Why don't you take a little nap?"
Leah thought, That was easy. Then her mind started to focus in on the fresh mountain trout she hoped they would have for supper.
"Are we there yet?" asked Lisa.
"No," said Leah. "We have another hour or so to drive. Look over there. Do you see the mountains in the distance? That's where we are going."
"But it doesn't seem like we are getting any closer."
Leah had been anticipating these questions. She was prepared. Reaching into her bag, she pulled out a map and a highlighter.
"Here, Lisa, why don't you chart our progress. I'll mark where home is and where we are going. Then you can watch the road signs and look at the map to see exactly where we are."
"Good. Thanks, Mom."
Leah relaxed and began to enjoy the scenery.
Then Jeremy stirred from his nap and asked. "Mom, are we there yet?"
Message for Mommy: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.--Proverbs 3:5-6
Pick-me-up: Do you ever ask God, "Am I there yet?" Does your journey ever seem long and endless? Sometimes things seem so hard that we lose sight of the end of our journey. Heaven will be more wonderful than we can imagine. We just have to be faithful for the journey.
To help us along the way, God has given us a "road map"--His Word. Take a little extra time today to study the map. Following God's road map to your life's destination will bring you true joy.
Creative Parenting: Look for opportunities to talk to your children about their destinations in life. If they are not Christians, pray earnestly for a chance to share your faith with them. If they have already asked Jesus Christ into their lives, encourage them on their journeys. Let them see your excitement about the ultimate destination, heaven.
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