I had to use the GPS app on my phone to find an office today and when I pulled into the parking lot the voice on the app said, “You have arrived at your destination.” How wonderful would it be if we could hear a voice like that when we accomplished a task, met a goal, or advanced in a position?
On my Faith journey I don’t think I have ever heard the Holy Spirit say to me, “You have arrived.” I don’t ever recall hearing I had “arrived” and was now complete in the skills of being full of grace, or merciful, or even better– being patient. I sometimes wonder if I ever will.
This Faith journey has been one continuous hike. Sometimes the trail is smooth, sometimes it goes up a rocky trail, and sometimes it goes into a valley.
Beth Moore once said, ” When the God who was, and is, and is to come sees us, He sees us as we were, as we are, and as we will become.” So in a way, God sees me as a brand new hiker, a seasoned traveller, and a world traveller who has hiked the Andes and Mt. Everest.
And it gives me hope.
Someday, hopefully when I am old, with lots of white hair and wrinkles, God will tell me that my trail has ended. I will walk the last steps on the trail and finally hear God say, “You have arrived at your destination.”
Until then, I will continue to lace up my hiking boots, pick up my backpack, fill my canteen with the “Living water” and keep moving. I don’t want to stop until I reach the ultimate destination.