Week of January 13th, 2019
The phrase, “wake me when we get there” is something you hear when there is travel involved. I can recall the days of my youth when my family and I went on road trips, sometimes short, sometimes very long. I can remember on occasions when my father would drive, my mother would bring a pillow. She’d take that pillow just as we were about to drive off, and she’d tuck it under her head. Then she’d say to my father; “wake me when we get there.”
When my mother uttered those words, in essence she was saying several things. First, she understood the trip was going to take some time, so she might as well get comfortable. Second, she trusted my father to drive her to her destination. Finally, wherever she was going, she wanted to be awakened when she arrived. She didn’t want to miss anything.
Today, we want to examine the mindset necessary for us to travel this Christian journey with success. You see, many people travel, but not all successfully. The first thing we must grasp is the journey “Back 2 God” is not a sprint but rather a long distance run, one that will take some time. So, like my mother, you might as well get comfortable and rest along the way. You’re not going to arrive any faster than God wants you to. What we also begin to understand along the way is: unless we allow the Lord to drive us, we travel in vain.
Our key Scripture reads: “Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it;”
The scripture makes plain the fact that we need to trust and rely on Him to the extent that we can rest, sleep, relax in Him until He gets us where we’re going. In other words, if God creates our travel arrangements we’ll end up in the right place. If God determines our travel time, we’ll get there right on time.
Then, like my mother trusted my father to deliver her safely, we too must trust in the Lord on this journey, understanding that He and He alone can deliver us safely home to Himself. After all, He’s the only One who knows the way.
In the end, God wants us to wake up having been delivered by Him to enjoy the blessings He has brought us to. God desires that each of us trust Him with our lives, so much so that we’re able to say to Him: “Father, wake me up when we get there.”