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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Car Trip (07/18/05)

TITLE: The Journey of Life
By Karri Compton
07/21/05


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Are we there yet?

Itís the age-old question any parent who has ever taken a family vacation has heard numerous times. I cringe now to even read those words, considering the eleven-hour drive our family will embark upon in two months.

Our last vacation actually wasnít too rough. I anticipated the whiny attitude and boredom that my three children would experience, and made sure I had lots of things for them to do in the car: movies, handheld games, Playstation, books, food, drinks, toys, etc. As my husband says: ďFat and happy.Ē This means that we give them whatever they want (within reason) so they wonít annoy us the whole trip. Weíve found it to be largely effective on a temporary basis.

As an adult, I catch myself whining about this world and the life Iím living. I feel like Iím getting nowhere fast. I sound like my own children! Iím guilty of asking the same question my kids ask me. God, are we there yet? When are you coming back? Are we done here? Iím bored. Iím tired. Iím not getting what I want. Ad nauseum.

Our time on this earth is somewhat like a lengthy car trip. We know our final destination, our general direction, but sometimes we get lost. Often, the road is under construction, and we are required to take detours or slow down. Although our time here is relatively short, it drags on and our short-sighted vision blinds us to all that God has waiting for us.

I thank God that Heís not a flawed parent as I am. Instead of giving me everything I want so Iíll be happy, He shows me productive things to do along the way, and reminds me that it really wonít be long before my journey is over. He wants me to just enjoy being with Him and others, not having to be entertained every second. To Him, itís more important for me to learn patience and purpose than it is for me to get everything I ask for.

Letís not forget Godís grace, which helps us to live godly lives while we wait for the Lordís appearance (see Titus 2:12-13). May the eyes of our hearts be open so that we ďmay know the hope to which he has called [us], the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saintsÖĒ (Eph. 1:18b NIV)

So, the next time my family heads out on vacation, I am going to be more patient with my own kids when they ask: ďHow much longer?Ē and realize that I do the same thing with God. He doesnít reprimand me, but helps me see the big picture of how I can serve Him now, and that one day it will be more than worth the wait.


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Karen Deikun07/26/05
Some good thoughts and wonderful conclusion.
Beth Muehlhausen07/26/05
Enjoyed your analogy. There's a good lesson, here!
Nina Phillips07/27/05
I agree, very nice devotional. God bless ya, littlelight
Val Clark07/27/05
Your story flowed nicely into the devotional. Well written with some provoking thought. Love the road being 'under construction' finding I'm on lots of those roads of late. Thanks for posting.
Cyndie Odya-Weis07/30/05
very nice!!! God IS a flawless parent and it's good to remember his role as abba-daddy as well as the magnificent.
Maxx .07/30/05
Lots to learn here. Thank you. Well written and meaningful.
Julianne Jones07/31/05
Lovely devotion. Ideas link well and the message is clear. Thank you.
Phyllis Inniss 08/01/05
Interesting writing on your journey of life. I like "He's not a flawed parent like I am". The recognition of this truth makes you a better person as you take steps to enjoy your journey and accept what God is doing for you.