Journey to the End

“Learning to wait on God’s timing
– and having the patience to follow his lead rather than running ahead of him –
is essential to those who are committed to seeing their faith journey
through to the end.”

– Marcia Ford

Seeing our faith journey through to the end.

I just finished a journey. I drove from Los Angeles, California to Charlotte, North Carolina. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. As varying circumstances came together, we knew it was time to commence the journey across the country. A family member is gravely ill.

On the second night of our road trip, we stayed at a hotel in Oklahoma City. Then on the third night of our road trip, we watched the news from our hotel room in Tennessee: “Oklahoma City is shut down due to the worst blizzard the city has seen in a decade.” We missed the storm by about twelve hours.


At times like this, it’s easy to trust in God’s timing, knowing that He is in control of all things, including simple matters like the weather and our driving plans.

Despite the horrendous weather conditions striking many of the states we had passed through less than a day before, we arrived safely on the eastern side of the country. Then, after about a week or so of visiting relatives, I flew back home. Journey over.

Except I am discovering that the journey taking place inside of me continues still.

Reliving moments, remembering expressions.

Waves of emotion topple me. I am grateful to hug my healthy kids one minute. Then I find myself starting to weep while watching the Superbowl in the next. No, it wasn’t the commercials or the winning touchdown pass from my favorite underdog-quarterback. It was thinking about next year’s Superbowl broadcast. Will my 39-year-old cousin be alive to watch it?

At times like this, it’s hard to trust in God’s timing, knowing that He has the power to change any potential outcome.

But then Peter reminds me:

“With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” (II Peter 3:8)

We cannot comprehend God’s timing because his understanding is beyond the constraints of time. I like how Marcia Ford puts it: “God seldom rushes things along. Getting used to his pace will help you in the long run.”

Much to our dismay, we have probably all experienced, at one time or another, just how seldom God rushes things along. I think this usually happens when we are hoping and praying for a certain outcome. Yet, all along God’s foremost desire is for another outcome – for us to see our faith journey through to the end, whenever that may be.

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (II Peter 3:9)

Have you experienced a time when God’s perfect and providential timing seemed evident? Or a time when God’s timing didn’t make any sense at all?

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6 thoughts on “Journey to the End

  1. My heart skips a beat thinking of the experiences of God's timing in my life. Your story too. (Love that underdog myself 😉

    An eagle flew overhead as I was driving “home” the day after my brother died (Feb 16,2006) and I knew that the Lord would carry me through that week. In my One Year Bible, a passage carried me as well, “The Lord directs the steps of the godly; He delights in every detail of their lives.” I memorized it on my drive and whenever I had a question, I recalled the verse. I “Happened” to be with my parents when picking out scripture in the priest's office. He allowed me to pull out my Bible and the passage I had been reading that morning about love was the one we used.

    God is so sweet, precious, wonderful!

  2. MY: I always appreciate being reminded that the hairs on our head are numbered!

    Loni: Thank you. Grief is a roller coaster indeed.

    Debbie: You are so right. This life is but “a blink of an eye when we see through spiritual eyes.” That's always good to remember!

    Kathy: I'm sorry to hear about your brother. Thank you for sharing your story about how a passage a Scripture spoke just the right words of comfort at an incredibly difficult time.

  3. My heart skips a beat thinking of the experiences of God's timing in my life. Your story too. (Love that underdog myself 😉

    An eagle flew overhead as I was driving “home” the day after my brother died (Feb 16,2006) and I knew that the Lord would carry me through that week. In my One Year Bible, a passage carried me as well, “The Lord directs the steps of the godly; He delights in every detail of their lives.” I memorized it on my drive and whenever I had a question, I recalled the verse. I “Happened” to be with my parents when picking out scripture in the priest's office. He allowed me to pull out my Bible and the passage I had been reading that morning about love was the one we used.

    God is so sweet, precious, wonderful!

  4. Denise, both you and your mother have such a wonderful way with words. I'm sorry to read about your cousin. It's so difficult to understand when one is so young. Trusting God with one we love like this can be hard and difficult to always understand His ways.

    But sometimes I have to remember that this life is but a blink of an eye when we see with our spiritual eyes. I try to keep that thought close to me as I go through difficult times. I always learn the most important lessons in the midst of the storms.

    I don't understand His timing but I'm learning to trust Him.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

  5. Thank you SO much for sharing! I understand those rolls of emotions as we are waiting on God and wondering what He will plant or uproot in our lives next. Blessings to you . . .

  6. Yes, I have experienced God's providential timing on more than a few occasions in my life. And each time I was amazed that God would take such notice of my life and its smallest details.

    Truly, the very hairs of our head our numbered.

    This week I have had to exercise more patience in waiting on Him to make a clear path. But as always, His ways are not our ways – but his timing is perfect. God bless you – Marsha

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