How many times have you caught yourself saying, “as soon as a certain event happens, then things will be better?” For instance, have you heard a child say, “as soon as I become a teenager, then life will really start” or a teenager say, “as soon as I can drive, then I will really be going places “ (pun intended) or “as soon as I get out of school and start working, things will all work out?” I could go on and on. It seems that we have become a nation of people who are so concerned about the destination in life that we fail to enjoy and learn from the journey.
I feel like we often do this very same thing in our walk with God as well. We say things like, “If I could only get past this particular sin, then I could really make a difference for the kingdom,” and we come up with numerous excuses as to why we can’t be obedient to what God is calling us to do until we have reached some made up destination in our relationship with God. I have come to learn over the years that, often (if not always), there is as much or more beauty in the journey as there is in the destination.
Throughout the Bible we can read the stories of individuals who God was able to use even though they may have been struggling with some seemingly large issues. David, for one, slept with one of his soldier’s wives, Bathsheba. After he made this mistake, he made his mistake even worse by sending Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, into the front lines of battle where Uriah would later die so that he could marry Bathsheba. Yet, we read in the Bible that David was a man after God’s own heart. You see, God was able to use David in some pretty amazing ways because David was able to embrace the journey even though it was a difficult road to traverse.
I have always loved the saying that “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.” If we, as believers, could ever truly understand this statement, it would be so much easier to quit focusing on the destination so much that we completely miss the journey. I challenge you to allow God’s strength to be made perfect in your weakness. As Philippians 3:14 says, “let’s press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus,” but let’s not get so caught up in the prize that we are unable to help others obtain this same prize. Enjoy the ride!