you’ve ever traveled with children, you’ll remember the often-asked question, “Are we there yet?” You hand the kids another
toy, coloring book or electronic distraction hoping they will
be absorbed in a pastime that will last until you really “get
not so much unlike our children who want to “get there” NOW.
We try to do the right thing and hope it will bring results
that develop maturity in the kids—and ourselves. Thankfully,
sometimes it works; but sometimes it doesn’t. Our castles
fall like they are made of sand. Unexpected reverses and
catastrophes shatter our confidence, and we wonder when we’ll
“get there” or if we’ll even make it.
all a work-in-progress and will be until we leave this earth.
Just when we think we have arrived, we get a great awakening.
“But I thought I was there!” Yeah, it really seemed like it,
and we kind of relaxed and put the gear in coast only to
discover we were facing another mountain to cross.
important that we not lose momentum. Satan never takes a
vacation, and he loves to set up road hazards and detours; but
he doesn’t post warning signs! The responsibility is ours to
at times like these that we can really appreciate the ONE who
has not only “arrived” but has always been “there.” When our
strength wanes and falters, when we look at our map and it
seems we are still a long distance from “there,” it is then
that we can gear up to the strong arms of Him who is not
“becoming” more or less anything. God can’t be measured by
degrees; He isn’t 85% good, faithful, wise or just. He is
complete and completely adequate in every attribute and
character. He is
infinite perfection of fullness—and always has been.
“Unqualified fullness, completeness, plentitude of power,
wisdom, knowledge, holiness without qualification. There is
no limit to His love, mercy, grace, goodness, etc.” (I have
forgotten where I saw this amazing statement.)
we leave for a journey, we get our maps and chart our course.
We investigate lodging, food establishments and points of
interest and determine which route is best suited for our
needs. Several years ago, I was privileged to visit Mexico.
Some friends and I enrolled in a “conversational” course of
Spanish to learn some basic words, sentences and questions.
It sure came in handy in the foreign country.
“country” we are traveling toward will not be a visit; it will
be our home. Should we not investigate it thoroughly and
learn all we can about life there? Should we not get the
“map”—the Bible—out and learn its language, customs and
citizenship requirements? Should we not make sure our
passport is valid and up to date? When we have secured our
passage, the next step is to gather our friends and family
around and invite them to accompany us.
are not “there” yet; but we are well on the way. We can rest
assured that our Companion on the trip knows the way—He IS the
Way! He has big shoulders to carry loads that are breaking
our back on the journey.
“Casting all your care upon him [Jesus}; for he careth for you” (1
only requires us to carry what we are able. He puts folks in
our path who see our load is too heavy and enables them to
share its weight. Our Companion gives us strength to carry
our load, our personal cross; and He provides help and
strength when we need assistance or when we can give our
strength to another’s heavy burden.
every man shall bear his own burden” (Galatians 6:5)
Definition of this burden is “a normal load that a donkey can
ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ”
(Galatians 6:2). Definition of this burden is “a load that
would break a donkey’s back.”
not be “there yet,” but we see the road signs; the destination
is just ahead. We will lean on the strong arm of our
Companion, lock step with those who are walking the Way with
us and continue on with joy and anticipation until the journey
you on the Way!