I was talking with a friend the other day and she was sharing what was going on in her life. When she was done sharing, I told her, “Enjoy the journey.” Enjoy the extra time spent talking with your husband about this and enjoy the extra time in prayer with God regarding this part of your journey of life.
We are in the process of selling our house, and have had multiple showings. We have had our house on the market for twelve days now and have had about 36 showings. I know that God is a part of this move and has a plan for us as we pack up the lives that we have here in Rochester Hills and move to Grand Rapids.
But 36 showings in 12 days! The traffic is good, but cleaning the house and picking it up multiple times a day gets old. Since we home school, having our school day interrupted by cleanings and showings does not bode well for a good school atmosphere.
As I was washing yesterday, God reminded me about my previous conversation last week. God also brought to mind Abraham and his wait for 100 years for a son. “Enjoy the journey.” Enjoy the extra time in prayer over something that God will answer in His time. Enjoy the countless hours spent cleaning the house and picking it up. Enjoy the memories being made with my daughters. Enjoy the time spent with neighbors and friends that let us barge in unexpectedly. As Charles Swindoll says, “Life is 10% what happens to us, and 90% how we respond.” Complaining about everything brings us down and the others around us. Our response to situations is an indicator of what is in our hearts.
We (including me) get so caught up in our own worlds that we forget about the situations others are in. We forget to pray for others that are struggling with health needs, financial needs, relationship needs, direction needs…
As I write this, I am challenged. God has reminded me of Romans 1:21 “For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and their foolish hearts were darkened.” We do not honor God when we question Him and do not thank Him. By questioning God, our thinking becomes futile, self-centered, and worthless. Just as the trash heap piles up at the garbage dump, so our hearts grow darker the more futile and foolish the thoughts we let pile up in our lives. God is Sovereign.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8, 9).
We may never understand the “why” of a situation, but we must not forget the “Who.” “Let them praise your great and awesome name! He is holy!” (Psalm 99:3). We have all had things happen in our lives, but do we try to share these stories with others by giving God the glory and the praise?
The words from Chris Tomlin’s song “How Can I Keep from Singing Your Praise” remind me of my responsibility.
There is an endless song, echoes in my soul
I hear the music ring
And though the storms may come, I am holding on
To the rock I cling
How can I keep from singing Your praise
How can I ever say enough, how amazing is Your love
How can I keep from shouting Your name
I know I am loved by the King and it makes my heart want to sing
As we are on this journey, don’t stop singing. Enjoy the journey. Make the most of the interruptions. In each situation, we have a choice. Are we going to sing and dance on the path before us, or are we going to yell and scream and kick at the pebbles in our path?