I have witnessed and experienced myself the old captivating thought that comes when I venture on a trip: that it is all about the destination. How wrong I was, and how much was robbed from me with this lie. With these false beliefs about the destination I missed out on the magnificent gift found in the journey.
My own destination became secure with a one-time decision to accept Jesus Christ as my personal savior when I was a young boy. Now as the rest of my life unfolds, I live in the gift of that journey. We all have a wonderful destination in being a child of God and our future is secure in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 14: 22-36, Jesus sent his disciples ahead of him in a boat to journey to the other side. Then Jesus told his disciples to cross to the other side and there was already something awaiting at that destination – something special and important. It says He made them go and because of their obedience to that Rhema word (utterance, or spoken word), Jesus now became responsible for their safety.
In their journey there was fear of the storm, waves, and the wind. We know Jesus and Peter walked on the water, but Peter only did so after Jesus said to him, “Come.”
There was a fear of death, but when Jesus and Peter got back into the boat there was likely much joy instead, for the sea calmed and they went on to the other side of the lake. Now there were those waiting for them – waiting to experience a miracle and healing, just hoping to touch the hem of His garment.
If not for that journey across the lake, they would not be ready for the destination. The journey was all in preparation for their destination. What the disciples experienced was integral to the journey.
How much does our journey prepare us for certain destinations along our way? We can experience joy in our journey – great joy! We can know that God has something special for us to do when we reach the destinations along the path of our journey: every one earmarked just for us personally.
The Holy Spirit can give us joy even in the roughest storm. For our joy is not dependent upon happenings – it’s dependent upon the Holy Spirit.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. I you serve Christ with this attitude; you will please God. And other people will approve of you too. So then let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.