My family and I took a recent road trip. My husband usually likes to get on the road while it’s still pitch black before any glimmer of daylight is noticeable in the sky. On this particular trip, we were taking unfamiliar roads.
It made me think about the fact that so often, we start off our journey not knowing the path. We often start out in the dark, uncertain about the way we are going.
While it was dark when we started our trip, daylight began to emerge. The landscape began to get lighter around us. Dawn started to appear, and before too long, the dark would be a distant past.
Our journey is full of unknowns
The other thing I realized as we ventured out on our trip was that while we knew our ultimate destination, we kind of knew the path we were headed, although we didn’t exactly know what the trip would entail. We were driving new roads to us. We had a reservation where we were to stay, but we didn’t know exactly how to get there or what our surroundings would look like. Despite all the unknowns on our journey, it’s okay because God knows.
That’s the way it is in our journey in life. Scripture says in Psalm 30:5, “Though weeping may last for the night, joy comes in the morning.”
The other verse it makes me think of is Jeremiah 29:11 which says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for a future and a hope.”
God is always with us
I was reminded of that on our trip because even though we knew the general path that we were supposed to take, and we knew the general destination that we were going to, and we knew generally what we were supposed to do when we got there, there were a whole lot of unknowns on the journey that we were taking. But it was alright because God was with us, He was going with us, and the ultimate destination was up to Him. And He knows the plans He has for us, which were to prosper us and not to harm us, and included a future and a hope.
And although weeping may last for a night (and the night before our trip was an incredibly painful night for me), He promises that joy comes in the morning. As we drove, we could see morning come. We started off in the dark, we could see daylight approach.
You are not alone
I want to encourage you today, that whatever darkness you might be traveling in, you aren’t alone. God is with you. He knows how he’s going to get you where He wants you to go, and He will travel with you. His plans for you are good, and daytime is coming.
Wherever this day finds you, I hope you are encouraged. You are not alone. He knows the plans He has individually designed for you, the path He wants you to take, and He’s going to get you there. Enjoy the journey because He has your destination all mapped out. Trust Him as you journey hand in hand.
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