“The hardness of the journey doesn’t mean you’re on the wrong path.” Bonnie Gray–The Faith Barista
The words do not want to come this evening.
I do not know why.
Exactly. Okay, that’s not true. I do know.
The words want to stay in my brain because the above quote from my friend, Bonnie strikes very close to home. I am very familiar with hard journeys. I understand what it means to struggle along for so long, you begin to doubt God, yourself, and life in general. You start to wonder if maybe everything is just…wrong.
Oh, the hard road.
The kind of road which creates billowing clouds of dust and flying gravel as soon as your wheels hit the dirt. The rough, wash-board road strewn with pot holes that wreck your car. The kind of road which makes you bounce in your seat and feel ill to your stomach with car sickness. A road which just seems to make a long, slow journey that much longer.
True. Some people’s trip is more difficult than someone else’s. A path marked by emotional pain and with the potential to create heavy baggage they might have to carry along the way like an over-filled backpack. Hard times which can make any honest person question who you are, what you want, why you are here, and what is the point of it all anyway?
But a hard journey does not mean you are on the wrong path.
In fact, it can be the very thing which leads you to the place you have desired, hope, and prayed to God you could find your way to all along.
“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24 ESV