Taking the Long Way
On Sunday August 28th during a sermon, I used Peter Jenkins best-selling book “Walk Across America” as a sermon illustration. Peter Jenkins walk was made famous in the 1994 movie Forest Gump. Could you imagine doing such a thing? My guess is that your answer is no? I have traveled long distances before and often times when I share my stories I get the response, “you do know that automobiles have been invented right?”
We have been taught formally and through life experiences that time is a precious commodity. Yes, time is very precious and no matter how much time we are given, we always seek more but should this truth translate into going as fast as we possibly can all the time? Maybe, just maybe, instead of putting the fastest route into our GPS we should instead venture to take the long way to our destination.
I have struggled with patience all my life and the very idea of intentionally taking a path that is not the fastest starts to make me grumpy. Why “waste” time along the way when you can have more time to enjoy the destination? Greg Anderson wrote, “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” I believe this statement to be truth but how do we retrain ourselves when it feels like we have been “brainwashed” to think the opposite?
I think one way to rewire our brains is to intentionally take time to be Holy. If we fail as Christians to do this, the busyness of this world will take that sacred time away from us (quite easily actually). Taking time to be Holy sometimes means that we must take the long way to hear our Lord’s voice and call in our life. I challenge you on this day to dare to take the long way and create space for God to work in your life and I believe with my whole heart that if you do…God will bless you in an amazing way.
Take the long way my friends and be blessed,