I’m 47, and while my kids keep telling me, “Mom, you’re not old,” sometimes I feel like I am and it seems like I just keep starting over. Well, that is just what the enemy would get you to think. He wants you to think that your journey is not taking you anywhere, just like he did with the children of Israel in order to wear them out and cause them to give up. But, if you just trust the Father God to lead you, He will.
I love this passage of scripture. He was with the children of Israel, going before them, clearing paths ahead of them and preparing them along the way. They were taking the long way—no short cuts for them—and many gave up. Caleb and Joshua were well past what we would call “retirement age” when they went into the promised land. We all have a goal or dream in our mind about where we are heading. When something jerks the rug out from under us and changes our plans, we may feel like we are starting over. But who said that is starting over? Maybe that was part of the plan all along to mold us, teach us, prepare us for the next part of the journey. More than once (or 400 times) in my life I’ve questioned God as to why He would allow things to happen that, to me, seemed like a punishment not reward for “all I was doing for Him.” Well, that attitude was probably one reason I was having to take the long path. Joseph had a dream of the future and was excited. But the journey to get there certainly wasn’t easy. Can you imagine, though, if Joseph hadn’t gone through everything he did on the journey to the fulfillment of that dream? He would have probably been a spoiled, punk kid without the tools and right attitude to function in the capacity that he did. He saved a nation from starvation and welcomed his brothers, who betrayed him, with open arms. He realized that it was all part of God’s plan.
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20
I’m excited about each new day. I’m expectant for the future. I can look back at the journey and see very clearly that I needed to walk through the deserts of my life to prepare me for what’s next. And, I don’t know what struggles are still ahead. What I do know is that even with the struggles of the past years, I also have so many victories, good memories, lasting relationships, blessings, ministry wins, lessons learned . . . “Treasures in Heaven” (Matthew 6:19-21-Look it up). I have so much I can give and teach and minister because of the journey. I don’t despise the journey for it has molded me and will continue to do that. Learn to trust God that He is not only with you in the journey, He is going ahead of you and making preparation for that next step before you even take it. All you have to do is take that step!!