Whether I realized it or not, I was on a journey. Webster’s dictionary defines a journey as “a trip from one place to another over a long distance.” Journeys are made one step at a time, one choice at a time, one decision at a time, one day at a time. Journeys require perseverance, direction, commitment, and lots of patience.
There are all kinds of journeys. Some individuals like taking journey to far off exotic places. Others prefer a journey to the same destination every year, a sort of tradition, if you will. While these journeys provide excitement and fun, the best journeys are not time-limited events, but rather are life long adventures.
My journey is one of transformation. I am being transformed from the person I was before I knew Jesus, to the person that He desires me to be. This journey is a lifetime walk along an ever changing and winding way. It is marked by valleys and tall mountain peaks.
On some parts of the journey I find myself in the valley. Valleys are full of shadows, twisted roads, and sharp curves. There are individuals, groups and situations there that attempt to trip me up and cause me to stumble. Here I find that I am not always among friends. There are times when I have been taken by surprise, come under siege and yes, even found myself being attacked by individuals I thought I could trust.
I have learned not to despair! I am never alone. I am able to rise above any circumstance through Christ who strengthens me. Walking with Jesus Christ I have found all I need to press beyond the valleys and reach even the highest mountain peak. The journey is tiring at time. Occasionally, I feel like I can’t go on. There are times when I question if I am on the right path.
Through it all, I keep walking forward with Christ. No matter what happens I keep stepping out in faith. It is there that I find I have reached a clearing. The top of a mountain is right ahead and the view is amazing! My sights are unclouded and I gain a fresh understanding of where I have been. I begin to see the truth and recognize God’s glory. It is here that I realize the Lord’s power and know that He is my strength and refuge.
A top the mountain, I can see a glimpse of what’s up ahead. The final destination is the heavenly home Jesus has prepared. Knowing that He will see me through, I am ready to continue the journey. He will direct my every step and be my eternal guide. He will provide all that I need.
There are some people that I have met on the journey who have decided to join me, while others have just crossed paths and gone their own way. I have learned to travel light. I have off loaded my burdens to Christ. He is so much better equipped to carry heavy loads than I am. Keeping my sights on the Lord, I walk with Him in stride, knowing that this is the journey of a lifetime. Together we walk one step at a time on a journey from here to eternity with Christ.
By Gail Lindsay, The Daily JourneyLeave a Comment
It’s a pilgrimage. A beautiful, difficult, but worth it, pilgrimage, isn’t it?
I am so thankful He is there whenever we call on Him. My problem is taking the opportunity to actually CALL on Him. Jeremiah 33:3
Blessings to you Gail and thank you for sharing part of yourself here. 🙂
I love that scripture. Thanks for pointing me to it. Wishing you a blessed 2011.
Beth Williams says
I am sooo blessed to have Jesus on this journey with me. I know I can’t make it without him!! The devil is too powerful and sneaky. He has ways to destroy you without your knowledge – bit by bit.
Thankful that Jesus forgives and forgets our stumblings. I love that I can Call on Him whenever and wherever I happen to be
Enjoy your journey
Yes, Jesus makes the journey so incredible and protects us like the pupil of his eye. What a blessing!
Beth West says
This post brings to mind Hinds Feet on High Places. Thank you for the encouraging words.
Vanessa Ingole says
My thoughts exactly, Gail. God bless you for sharing this with us today. It was just what i needed to “hear” this morning!
i am a missoinary with zeal and passion to love ,and loving to go for christ
May God bless you and keep you safe.