The Coming And The Going

Friday, April 12, 2019
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Deuteronomy 31:8 – The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. (NIV)

Travelling is not my thing. I find it extremely stressful and rather scary, yet every once in a while, I am enticed into a little jaunt here or there. During one such short foray this past summer, God continued to teach me to trust in Him, even amidst my comings and goings from home.

As my friend and I embarked on our trip, the first leg of the journey to the airport at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, progressed well. We were booked to fly on to Vancouver Island, but we couldn't locate the smaller Terminal South, out of which we were to be flying. As we were walking along the sidewalk wondering what to do next, a young woman came walking toward us. She knew where we needed to go and gave us the correct directions.

Once we had arrived at that terminal, we checked in and sat down waiting for our flight to be called. The call never came. A number of hours later, we had a decision to make. If we were to get to our destination that night, it was imperative to leave immediately in order to catch a bus to the ferry terminal, or else we had to call a taxicab, which would have been very expensive. As we were standing there, along with many other stranded passengers, a gentleman looked directly at me and said, "Do you have a car?" I said "No." He said, "I do, and I have room for three passengers." I immediately said, "My friend and I are coming with you," along with another lady to whom we had been talking, who was also going to the Island.

We made it to the ferry in the nick of time, but then, we had to figure out how we were going to get to our destination on the Island, as it was quite a distance from where the ferry docked. It was then that the lady who had hitched a ride with us said, "My husband is driving out to the terminal to pick me up, and we have to go right by the town you need to go to. You can ride with us."

On our homeward trip, the seaplane company that we were booked on could not guarantee that they would be flying that morning due to heavy smoke. We decided to return to the mainland by ferry, which also meant having to catch the Blue Bus once we arrived in Vancouver and then the Canada Line to the airport. A frequent rider got us to the right bus stop, but once we arrived at the City Centre SkyTrain Station, we didn't know how to buy a ticket or how to get to the Canada Line. As we were standing discussing what to do next, a lady simply walked over to us and asked if she could help us. She then proceeded to do just that. We asked her if she worked there, but she said, "No, I just saw you standing here and thought you needed help."

Arriving safely home later that day, I marvelled at God's provision throughout our journey. Indeed, He had gone before us, both going and coming, and provided our every need, for which I was truly thankful.

Today, remember that whatever you are doing or wherever you are going, God goes with you. So, sit back, trust in Him, and learn to enjoy the ride.

Prayer: Father God, thank You that we can count on Your presence with us and Your provision for us at all times. Remind us to choose to claim this truth and the peace and enjoyment that comes with it. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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Tawatinaw, Alberta, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Great reminder, thanks Lynne!

    Yes, God provides when we need it!

    Wow! What a journey. Good one, Lynne.

    Thank you, Lynne, for sharing your journey devotional with us. Blessings.

    Hi Lynne,
    Great story with a glorious reminder that God is always with us. Thanks for sharing.

    Dear Lynne,
    What comforting scripture. and encourage through your experience. Thank you.

    Thank you, Lynne, for your beautiful testimony. It is so encouraging and just what I needed at this point in my life. May God richly bless you and your family.

    Oh, my goodness, Lynne. I might have been tempted to go back home… what a series of blessings from God AND I hope your time on the island was wonderful.

    Oh, MY Lynn!! What a continuous proof of God With Us! So grateful for how you write your faith as well as the fact that you have it and show us the proof of it. Helps me today.

    Thanks for your good devotional. It also reminded me of Psalm 121 and especially the last verse… “the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore”.

    Hi Lynne
    Great devotional, as always. Thanks!
    Tried to respond on line, but nothing worked – kind of like your airport experience!
    But at least you know we were blessed!

    I love to travel. I just don’t like the ‘getting there’ part! I relied on God totally when we took our European river cruise. I have Panic Disorder, which makes me very fearful when coming into contact with new people and places. Thank you again.

    Amazing how God does that! I have a similar aversion to travel but the Lord has provided every time. I have to go and pick my son up at the airport and the thing I dread most: the airport! Needless to say, I am not looking forward to the trip. Thanks for the reminder!

    Dear Lynne Phipps,
    God surely was your Guide both for your going and for your return. I praise Him with you.
    I pray that God will continue to be with you in your comings and goings forever.
    Keep writing for God’s sake.

    God is so good. Praise the Lord in which he took care of all your needs and concerns on your trip to the Island and your return trip home. When we take the hand of the Lord, he is faithful and sure to look after all our needs.
    Blessings to you now and always.

    Thank you. The Lord does provide safety. In the USA, January 5, 2017, there was a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale, Florida airport. I was there, wrong floor! I guess the Lord wanted me on the earth, a little longer! I no longer vacation in the USA. Praise the good Lord. Thank you for writing and listening for God’s will in your life.

    Hi Lynn,
    Enjoyed your devotional this morning. It is amazing how things can go “wrong” in our lives and then through, what my wife and I always refer to as “Divine guidance”, things will work out after all. Amazing! But you and your friend sure had a lot of trouble for a relatively short trip.
    Thank you for writing and keep up the good work.

    Hi Lynne,
    Thanks for another special devotional! I just know what you mean about feeling stressful in times of travel. As I age, each trip brings more uneasy feelings but so amazing that asking God for safety and direction reduces the anxiety and also amazing how He puts helpful people in our lives at just the right time and right place. May you continue to enjoy travels from time to time. God is good!

    That is an amazing story.
    I have been there and can picture it and that will help me remember that wonderful teaching.

    Hi Lynne
    Even though I receive the PCC devotionals, a friend of mine sent it to me saying it sounded like my experience.
    Literally, one month ago, my husband and I were beginning a cruise. My husband didn’t feel well and had a fatal heart attack as our ship was nearing the port!
    My experience was so much like yours in that God provided ‘special people’ in every situation … people who were guided/led to assist and in many cases without them even realizing how He was using them. I could go on and on with examples but just wanted you to know that I needed to read your devotional tonight to be reminded that God does provide.
    Deut. 31:8 is so true!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

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