Job 5:8,16,17,19 – If I were you, I would turn to God and present my cause to him. He gives hope to the poor and silences the wicked. Happy is the person whom God corrects! Do not resent it when he rebukes you. Time after time he will save you from harm. (GNB)
Last summer, our family travelled across the country. I was concerned that it would be difficult for my children, then aged 3 and 6. I had visions of them crying, "I want to go home!" shortly after we departed. They were used to travelling on one-day journeys, however, and we had no problems until one day about halfway through our trip.
We were staying with relatives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. My husband had just returned from taking the kids to a playground, and I noticed that Fraser, our 3-year-old, had been crying. He missed his bike. He had seen another child joyously riding, and was reminded of his bicycle at home. We tried to explain that we were on a long trip and that it was too far to ride a bicycle, but he insisted that we return home to get his bike, so he could "ride to the mountains."
What a journey that would have been on a bicycle, to struggle desperately to the top of a mountain and then soar down its opposite side with wild abandonment!
Our lives sometimes follow a similar path. Some days, the journey seems so difficult that we cannot make it through the day. The pain, the sorrow, and the burdens are just too great. And yet, God is behind us. If we falter, He has the strength to help us to the top.
And on the other days, when we would be swept downhill into something that would be better left undone, or when we are careless or uncaring, God is able to put on the brakes.
If we lean on Him, He can support us with a steadying hand, and prepare us for the smoother ride that is just around the corner.
Prayer: Loving Father, sometimes our journeys are difficult. We have great mountains to climb, or downhill roads that are difficult to navigate. Smooth our roads and help us to stay on course. Guide us with Your loving hand. Amen.