Every summer my parents, brother, and I would go on a road trip. It might be fishing and camping in Minnesota, camping and canoeing in Missouri, or camping our way from Illinois to California to visit family. I loved the preparation, the excitement as it built toward the day we would leave.
My dad built special boxes to store the fishing poles and paddles which went on top of the van next to our canoe. We also had storage boxes that were built to hold the dry goods and kitchen items for meals. It was a fine tuned process.
When we traveled we knew that we could relax and enjoy the scenery, stop and take pictures, collect stones along the way, and even nap because we knew that my dad was at the wheel. He knew the routes we needed to take and where we were going to have to stop. We could trust him, we were safe and we knew that wanted the best for us.
All these years later, as I journey with God, I look back to those road trips. Just as my earthly father cared for us, I know my Heavenly Father will do the same. I know that my Abba Father has had the best in mind for me since before I was born (Psalm 139:16). I know many who do not have a positive relationship with their earthly fathers. I imagine trusting a Heavenly Father you cannot see is difficult because of that strained or missing relationship.
O Best Beloved, would you be able to have enough faith to believe that the same God who knew my very thoughts before I had them, loves you just as much?
Psalm 147:3 says, He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 91 describes how God will protect you from dangers and the enemy. Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge–no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague will come near your tent (Psalm 91:9-10).
Our Heavenly Father wants you to trust Him. By giving Him the keys to your life, you will be allowing Him to take you on a journey you could have never imagined or planned. One with winding turns, wonderful views, amazing experiences, and a precious, abiding love that will grow between the two of you.
Dear Ones, are you willing to lean into God and allow Him to map out the routes you take together?
For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him (Isaiah 30:15, 18).
Trust Him, Best Beloved, He is waiting for you, longing to take you on the road trip of your lifetime.