We had an amazing time visiting my family in Kansas. Laynie & Gideon got to meet their newest cousin Brooke! It was such a sweet time, so naturally I was a little sad when we left my cousin’s house early this morning. But we have another destination to reach..
There is a small stretch of highway from Kansas to Nebraska that is beautiful. There is literally nothing but valleys and hills as far as the eye can see- truly untouched by man. We had just come to the top of a hill and as we looked down, the valley below had a long, winding road that disappeared from sight. However if you looked way off in the distance, you could see where the road would continue to the top of the next hill.
I’ve bragged on my husband many times because, to put it plainly, he’s awesome. But as we silently drove through this beautiful scenery, he amazed me yet again with his conversation starter. He pointed out the landscape to me as he questioned, “How easy would it be to go through life’s valleys if we could just see the top of the next hill?” As I listened to my profoundly wise spouse, I fixed my eyes on that next hill and thought about how right he was…and with a smile on my face I replied, “I guess that’s where faith comes in.”
As we drive to Omaha we are praying. Not just for safe travels, but for God to increase our faith (Luke 17:5). You see, there are decisions that need to be made regarding our son Gideon. He’s been accepted to be a part of a research project in Omaha and we are going to meet the doctor who is leading the study. The details are insignificant right now because I’m honestly not educated enough at this point to adequately share details. All we really know is that it’s a drug study and it is not a cure. After we meet with this doctor I will be able to share more about what it all entails and whether or not Gideon will be participating.
But the drive through these valleys to get to our destination has been tough. If you’ve taken a road trip with children (especially young children) then you know what I’m talking about. Every few minutes Gideon cries and Laynie asks, “Are we there yet?” They can’t possibly comprehend that our destination is close, though to them, it seems so far.
As my husband and I were talking about the valleys of life and our faith, I wondered if God thinks I sound a lot like my children. How many times have I come before The Lord with tears and cried, “Are we there yet? Is my time in this valley almost over?? I can’t see the final destination!!”
Unfortunately there are just times when we can’t see top of the next hill. That’s where our faith in God comes in. We have to trust that HE is the one in the drivers seat. He knows where we are and He can see the destination even though we cannot. That’s why 2 Corinthians 5:7 says “For we live by faith, not by sight.” And Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” And while the valley may be a dark & difficult journey, we know we are not traveling alone. (Matthew 28:20)
I’m not sure what highway you’re on during this season of your life. Maybe you’re like us and you find yourself in a valley with big decisions to make. Have you let God take the drivers seat? Maybe you have, but you’re like me and you’re a terrible side seat driver (Kevin just silently “Amen-ed” that). Would you let God navigate? He doesn’t need you to read the map…He laid the foundations of the earth (Job 38:4). So we can be confident that “He’s got this.”
Omaha is close for us. Its not our final destination, just our destination for today. So please pray for us today and tomorrow as we make some big decisions for our little guy. No matter what we decide we are confident that God knows the final outcome and He has the final say.
Wednesday our final destination will be home. And for that I’m glad. Trips are great, but home is best. As I look forward to being home, I can’t help but think, shouldn’t our final destination always be Home?
Lord, carry us through these valleys and increase our faith! Set eternity on our hearts (Eccl 3:11) and never let us forget You are coming again. (Rev 22:12) Home with You has always been our final destination. Amen.