Where are we going?

When my wife and I went on our honeymoon, more than 20 years ago, I thought it would be fun to surprise her every day, and even several times a day, by not telling her where we were going.

I had the whole trip (about five days) planned out, and had made reservations at each place we were going to stay each night, as we traveled up the California coast from San Francisco to Eureka, driving a car we had borrowed from one of her sisters, since we were still living in Illinois, but had flown out here (where my wife’s family lives) to get married.
Several times a day she would ask me where we were going, as I adventurously followed the twists and turns of California Highway 1, sometimes with steep cliffs overlooking the crashing surf of the Pacific Ocean on the rocky coastline hundreds of feet below.

To me, this element of surprise was a continual reason for joy and fun, and gave me a feeling of pride and exhilaration, and I was actually continually being surprised myself, since this land was basically virgin territory to me, having seen it on maps and websites, but not in real life, before.

But what I soon discovered, and which tempered both my pride and joy at times, was that my wife did not always seem as thrilled as I thought she would be about not knowing where we were going. I think that aspect of our honeymoon was actually more fun for me than it was for her.

Most of us like to know where we’re going, what we’re basically going to be doing, and more or less what will be expected or required of us and/or what we will be called upon to bring to the situation(s) that will arise. The known brings an element or degree of comfort; the unknown can bring an element or degree of discomfort, unease, or even anxiety.

As we all journey through the present global COVID-19 pandemic crisis, albeit, for many of us, myself included, much of the time on our couches, or at least in the general comfort of our own homes, we are really, as it has often been said, traversing uncharted waters. The uncertainty about so many things that once seemed relatively certain is so constant and pervasive that it can become mentally and emotionally exhausting, and to ponder on it too much or too often can seem almost pointless, or even counterproductive.

“Roll with the changes” has probably never been a more appropriate phrase for life in general. In fact, maybe you even feel at times these days as if you are in an earthquake, and that everything around and under you is shaking. The author of The Epistle to the Hebrews writes in chapter 12, verses 26-27 (NLT): “When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also. This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.”

We are not seeing the ultimate and final fulfillment of these verses during this present crisis, I don’t believe, but they certainly are fitting for it, and I do believe that God is doing a work of shaking in the world, in His Church, and in our individual lives as believers. In each of these domains, realms, or spheres, what can be shaken and removed will be shaken and removed, so that what cannot be shaken and removed will remain.

God knows what He’s doing; God knows where we’re going and where He’s taking us; and God knows what the future holds for each of us because, as the song, “Because He Lives” (a fitting song for Easter), says, “He holds the future.” We need not fear. Trust in Him, for He will bring us through this storm, this spiritual earthquake, if we do place all of our trust in Him.

Lean into Him in worship and prayer “in the secret place”. Get grounded firmly and deeply in His Word of life. He will never fail nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5) Find your rest and refreshment in Him. Have a blessed day and week! He’s already walked through it ahead of you.
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