We should never go through life as if we are in a race to reach the end.
We are to enjoy the Journey that we are on and do our best to live life
fully and experience the beauties of God's creation that surrounds us.
Many times we lose focus and fall into the trap of rushing through life
without stopping to look around and see the peace and loveliness of this
day. Throughout the scriptures we are told to seek peace and are commanded
to trust in God with all our ways and because we do, the Lord who is the
leader and sustainer of our lives will add length of days to our life and
health to our physical bodies. (Habakkuk 3:17-19) (Prov. 3:5-6) (1 Peter 3:11)
If you are one who is rushing through your days and are not taking the time
to see the beauty that surrounds you, let this message be the catalyst in
which you slow down and enjoy the blessings that are in your life.
I hope you are encouraged by today's message to enjoy the life that God has
given you and see each day as an opportunity to expand in your memory the
journey that is called life.
A Wisconsin family one day decided that they would all go to “Disneyland”
together. None of the family had ever been to Disneyland before, but they
had heard wondrous and alluring tales about it and each was excited about
what it would be like for them. The infant was oblivious to the meaning of
it all, but felt the excitement of its parents and siblings as the day for
departure drew near.
Seeing Mickey Mouse and Goofy was all that the 3 year old boy could think
about, and the 6 year old girl wanted especially to visit the castle of
Sleeping Beauty and see Tinker Bell and the Light Parade. The 11 year old
boy couldn't wait to go on Pirates of the Caribbean and into the Haunted
Mansion and to explore Tom Sawyers Island. The gift shops and the arcade
most attracted the 16 year old, but she also looked foreword to the thrills
of the Matterhorn and Space Mountain. Mom and dad greatly anticipated the
opportunity for the time together with their whole family.
The family had never traveled very far together, and as it would be quite
a long journey, about four days by car through many states, the parents
planned it to see as much of the country as possible.
They carefully planned their route to include a large variety of the scenic
beauty with a few short stops along the way specific to the interests of
each child. The days until departure passed slowly, but finally it was time
Everyone piled into the van with their favorite toy, game and book. Energy
was high and the anticipation was felt by all. Dad started the engine and
they were off...
Characteristically, the baby slept during most of the journey...All of the
colors and sounds and smells were overwhelming to its undeveloped senses.
The toddler spent time playing with his toys and looking at the pictures of
Mickey and Donald in his books with occasional glances out the window when
something “special” was brought to his attention...his comprehension of
what was taking place did not extend much beyond the confines of the
vehicle and the ultimate goal.
Being only 6, the little girl seemingly constantly asked the question: “Are
we there yet?” She would color or 'read' or play a game for what seemed
like only a few minutes, then look out the window and ask “The Question”.
The 11 year old, though seemingly bored most of the time, did enjoy looking
out the window at the passing cars and trucks...wondering if they too were
going to Disneyland. He loved seeing the birds and animals, but frequently
fell prey to the temptation of asking of his own irritating question...
“When are we going to BE there?”
The teen, wanting all to think that she had already seen everything there
was to see, read her book and spent her time trying to look bored as she
stared out the window at all of the newness and dreamed of what fun she
would have...once she finally got to the goal.
In spite of all of the responsibilities inherent in a trip of this length,
mom and dad thoroughly enjoyed the journey...well...all except for the
sibling squabbles and the constant asking of “Those Questions”. The beauty
and diversity that they encountered along the way, together with the
occasional pleasure they observed being experienced by their children, were
restorative to their souls...the journey was as important to them as the goal.
Eventually they finally did reach Disneyland and the experience was beyond
any of their expectations...but that is another story.
We are all on a Grand Journey...at every point along the way we must each
experience at our own acquired level of comprehension. And, on this
particular Journey, we will each gain progressively, the experience of the
infant, the toddler, the young child, the older child, the adolescent and,
Hopefully, the adult.
By Daniel J. Megow
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 Peter 3:10-11 “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him
refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let
him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.”
Psalm 118:14-17 “The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my
salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of
the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. The right hand
of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. I
shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.”
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our
God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good
pleasure of His goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name
of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in Him, according
to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: LOVE IN THE HOME
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Today’s Selected Testimony: HE CAME TO ME IN THE NIGHT
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry