“The Lord replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest’” (Exodus 33:14).
Vacation time is winding down at the end of the summer season. Many people have prayed for God’s traveling mercies on their trips, which may include a safe arrival to and from destinations and freedom from sickness and problems while away.
I recently read this quote from Andrew Bonar, “If the Father has the kingdom ready for us, He will take care of us along the way.”
I immediately thought of traveling mercies.
As Christians, we know that we are traveling through this life to reach our ultimate destination of heaven and eternal life with Christ. But this trip is long and difficult, particularly if we live with poor health. We need God’s traveling mercies.
God has shown His traveling mercies to me countless times.
He protected me during a serious accident as child which could have resulted in a life-long disability. He was with me on the foggy roads of painful parenting and the treacherous roads of cancer and mental breakdown.
And He has been with me during the 30+ year trip of back pain, showing me the right roads to take (when I listen!) and giving me perseverance and endurance on the ride.
I agree with Bonar’s quote. God has an eternal pain-free home awaiting me. He knows the road to get there is long and difficult–Scripture confirms that (1 Peter 4:12). But I have His mercy and protection while traveling.
Sometimes I make wrong turns and get lost. There may be some “collisions.” But God is there through it all. He has been and will continue to take care of me until this trip is over.
There’s no doubt that this road trip is an adventure. So I will enjoy the days of good travel, trust Him on the frustrating and dangerous ones, pray for His rest in the process, and keep making my way home.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, this life of pain isn’t the road trip I wanted to take, but I have seen some amazing signs of Your Presence along the way. Even my “accidents” are ordained by You. As I make my way toward my final destination, I know that I am traveling under Your divine guidance and protection at all times. Thank you, Lord. Amen.
About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in North Carolina and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband, three daughters, and their husbands. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at http://www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.
How have you seen God’s traveling mercies on your road of pain recently?
This is the song “I Have A Dream” with The City Harmonic. And it sings of home . . . Regardless of where our journeys take us, whatever circumstances God allows into our lives to make some of those “trips” a little less than perfect, O how wonderful it is to know that He is always our home. -Lisa