Are We There Yet?
by Thelma Dade
“Some trust in and boast of chariots and some of horses, but we will trust in and boast of the Lord our God.”
Psalm 20:7 (AMPC)
“Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 18:4 (AMPC)
“Truly I say to you, whoever does not accept and receive and welcome the kingdom of God like a little child [does] shall not in any way enter it [at all].”
Luke 18:17 (AMPC)
Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Anyone who has ever been a child on a road trip or been with children on a road trip understands how frustrating it can be at times, both for the child and the parent. Children don’t understand the concept of time like adults do, so when you tell them, “Get in the car. We are going on vacation” which means very little to them.
I never told my children our travel plans very far in advance, and even then, I usually only gave them enough information to get them from the house into the car. Once in the car, I would give them the information for the next leg of the journey. “We are driving to the airport. That will take an hour, and then we will be at the airport for about 2 hours. The plane ride is going to be about 3 hours long, so it’s like driving to Grandma’s and back home again. You can do your homework at the airport, and then on the plane, play the games I packed.” Then, I would tell them where they would be sitting and what was expected of them.
“Where are we going,” was always the big question. I would ask, “What did I put in your suitcase?” They would look at all the “clues” and then we would play a guessing game. When they put the clues together they usually figured it out pretty quickly. Each stage of the journey was like that. I knew where we were going, I gave them the information they needed, and they trusted me with the details.
My children never wondered if they were going to be stranded someplace. It never occurred to them that I wouldn’t have money for gas, plane tickets, food, and everything they would need along the way. They trusted me with their lives. They trusted me with their provision and also trusted that we were going to have fun along the way. And, we didn’t have to wait until we got to our destination to have fun. The joy was in the journey. My children enjoyed traveling, seeing new things, and meeting new people. Life is a journey that we either look forward to and enjoy or sit in misery wondering, “Are we there yet?”
I trust my God. I trust the Holy Spirit. I trust Jesus. I don’t have to know what is happening tomorrow. I can only live each moment, each hour, each day individually anyway. I am to have childlike faith and trust only in Him for all of my needs.
Once, when God was moving heaven and earth to rescue me from a life that was not what he wanted for me, He put me in a place and then basically said, “Stay here. I’ll be back to get you.” He didn’t tell me how long I would be there, and I got weary and tired. Then I got angry and bitter. Every time I would ask Him, “Are we there yet,” I got the same reply. “My grace is sufficient for you.” I didn’t know all the things He was doing behind the scenes and in the spirit realm, but when He finally said, “Go get in the car; it’s time to go,” He had it all taken care of and everything in place!
That was 12 years ago, and now He tells me more of the details – more of the plans He has for me, and we have a wonderful time on this journey called life. He still doesn’t tell me everything though. I still have to trust Him with the details of my life, and I do.
Do you have trouble trusting the Lord? Is the weight of the world on your shoulders? Let it go, and let Jesus carry your burdens. He has big shoulders, and His plans for you are good plans. Even if you don’t see Him moving heaven and earth to rescue you, He is. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.”
Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV)
There is joy in the journey when you leave worry behind!
What are you dealing with right now that if you give it to God and trust His leading, things would go better for you?
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