Drive slow and enjoy the scenery – drive fast and join the scenery. ~Douglas Horton
We used to live in Arlington, Texas- 18.5 hours away from our families.
18.5 hours of driving. Non-stop.
Of course we did stop. We had two small children, and sometimes the dog came along, too. That was before the days of dvd players in vans, Waze or Google maps, even before cell phones for us.
The road seemed to get longer as we drove. Usually we took a day and a half to complete the drive, but a couple of times we drove straight through, making it in less than 24 hours.
Go ahead. Say it.
We were NUTS!
I know we couldn’t do that now. I get more restless than a toddler when I’m in the car: squirming, twisting, putting the seat-back up and down. It’s just too long.
Moses led the Israelites out of bondage, through the desert, and then turned them over to Joshua for safe-keeping. He told the people that there would be another prophet coming and they should listen to him.
About 1500 years passed.
Talk about a long drive.
So when Jesus’s disciples prophesied and performed miracles in his name, people were stunned. They couldn’t believe it.
They thought the ride was over a long time ago, but now- what in the world!?
Sometimes on those long car rides across the country, I fell asleep and woke up disoriented.
“What state are we in? Are we out of Tennessee, yet?”
The Israelites had fallen asleep along the way. They were waking up disoriented.
Don’t be too quick to judge, though.
Have you prayed over a sick friend and then cried in surprise when your prayers were answered? Maybe you thought there would never be a baby, but you asked God and asked God, and now the flu is a bad case of morning sickness. You’re so stunned you stare at the test results in disbelief.
Jesus has been gone a long time. There’s no doubt that the gas is low in the tank, and we feel like a nap. It’s easy to forget that he is still driving the car.
Instead of pulling in the rest area, pull out your map- even if you use the digital version- and get your bearings again.
It’s the trip of a lifetime.