Those could be stressful times, right? Nothing like trying to pack all your toys and clothes for that 8-hour trip, which seemed like an eternity! Then when everything is finally loaded into the car and everyone is sufficiently cramped and uncomfortable, it takes about 17 minutes before the boredom sets in. This only applies to that oh so distant past before tablets. Everything begins to feel monotonous as the scenery around turns into a never-ending montage of passing signs. And then comes the battle of wills between the children and the adults regarding when and where to stop. Do you remember what is was like, trying to hold on until the next rest stop to get relief from all the coke you’d been drinking?
At night, things could get scary. Did you ever ride along the side of a steep cliff? Or go down twisting and turning roads, through darkness and forests, never quite sure if you’re safe from the dangers that lurk beyond the next corner. And then, back in the days before GPS or smartphones, did your parents ever get lost? You could lose hours on a journey by heading the wrong way or missing a turn. Those were the days of high stakes travel!
Children often get a bad rap for asking “are we there yet”, but can we really blame them? They are eager for the journey to end so they could get out of that cramped car and explore their new surroundings. You have to trust the driver- you have to go forward- to get to the end of the journey- whatever your father had in store for you.
It is exactly that way for us today.
We are on a journey together- moving forward- and none of us knows what tomorrow will bring. Life can be cramped and uncomfortable, and the scenery of the days can blend into a monotonous mirage of quickly passing events. Life is full of twists and turns, and none of us know when we will arrive home. Life can be terrifying as we go through dark times with the ever-present threat of the forest- or cliff’s edge.
As we look at the instability of the world today, it is easy to become disheartened and paralyzed by fear. Yet as Christians, our hope has never been brighter, Jesus’ return has never been closer, and this world has never been our true home. We need a reminder from God’s Word that He is in control and the Creator of all things, that our hope is sure, and faithfulness will be rewarded.
We are beginning an exciting series this Sunday, looking at the lives of faithful men and women who have gone before us and set a great example for us to follow. And in following their example, we claim and look forward to the hope that will one day be realized- the return of Christ to set all things right, and take us to be with Him.
I invite you to join us this Sunday- in person or online- as we look at the faithfulness of Abel, and how his story can be an inspiration to us today.
God bless you, have a great weekend, and I can’t wait to worship with you this Sunday, 10:15, at Christ Community Church.
-Pastor Nathan Rice