We have a problem with our car’s air conditioning system…two of the vents will randomly turn to heat requiring me to close the vents. Nothing is less refreshing than having hot air blown in your face on a hot, humid day! Does this make me want to park the car and walk? No, but it certainly temps me to complain and wish I had a different vehicle to drive.
I’m struck this morning with how this relates to our journey on Route 66. If we were literally traveling this road, there are segments that go directly through miles of hot, dry desert. If the air isn’t working the trip is still possible, just not nearly as comfortable.
How is your journey progressing? Do you feel uncomfortable? Irritable? like hot air is blowing in your face? Be encouraged! This is part of the journey and is not because you are not making progress. We can be tempted to believe that when things are going well and are easy then we’re certainly in God’s will. But this isn’t biblical thinking! God takes us through all sorts of terrain and weather extremes to prove the motives behind our journey.
Remember the moment you sensed God calling to follow Route 66 this year. Ask Him to remind you of the purpose and the goal of this journey and for His help in continuing to move forward. The desert can’t last forever, and we never know when an oasis of refreshment will be just around the next bend. We don’t want to miss that do we?