Journey or Destination

I will be updating you later this summer how the Lord specifically directs regarding my media fast.

For this post I thought I would share about a recent hike I took with my son in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

My son (Jacob) and I set out to hike, but we did not want to be gone too long. We chose to go on the Peak Trail. This was a 1/2 mile hike to the highest point of the hiking area, hence the name, Peak Trail. We knew it would be steep, but we did not realize how steep. We got to the 4/10 mile marker and ran into other hikers. They had gotten tired and told us it was too steep, that they didn’t see the end in sight, and were going back down. Jacob and I pressed on ahead, and we reached our destination.

What we did not realize is at the end of our destination there was an observation tower you could go up and look out over the area we had just hiked. Needless to say, the view was incredible. Jacob’s exact words to me at the top of the tower were, “God has quite the paint brush.” He was 100% correct!

This got me to thinking. Is life about the journey or the destination? Early in life I would have told you it was all about the destination. If you did not hit the goal or accomplish anything, then what was the point. The Lord has shown me time again the error in my thinking here.

The last few years I have felt it is very much about the journey. It is not always about whether you arrived at your intended destination, it’s about the journey you are on, and that, for believers, Jesus is with them in that journey.

After my hike with Jacob, I really felt like the Lord was telling me it was both. Had we turned back like those other hikers we still would have endured/enjoyed the journey. However, we would have missed the incredible view of God’s creation. At the same time, it was not just about hitting that destination point. It was about my son and I being together, enjoying one another, and persevering all the way to the top.

This is the Christian life. However, my destination is not about success or accomplishment. My destination is eternity with Jesus. So as I journey to that destination point I keep my eyes fixated on Jesus and journey with Him through life.

As I write this, I am reminded of Hebrews 12. As I journey, there are others in the faith who have gone before me cheering me on. As I journey, my eyes are fixed on Jesus. I am able to endure/enjoy the journey for the joy set before me. What is that joy? Obeying and being with the One who died and rose again, knowing one day I will be with Him for all of eternity.

I long for my destination, eternity with Jesus. In the mean time, I just endure/enjoy the journey as He journeys with me!


One comment

  1. Thank u for the reminder of God’s goodness, creativity, and sovereignty. It’s great to be reminded to take in the journey The Lord is walking each of us through on our way to full redemption…glad u did not turn back!

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