Life can be challenging and many times we will find ourselves traveling down roads that are scary and unsettling. Roads of sickness, roads of uncertainty, and roads of seeming defeat are roads that we just don’t want to go down. So today I want to share with you two special tips that will help you when you find yourself traveling down one of life’s difficult roads.
Last summer I had the opportunity to travel to Croatia with my girlfriends. It was a wonderful trip but there was one thing that about that trip that I will never forget and that one thing is the dangerous road we had to travel along. This particular road was very narrow and carved out of the side of a mountain. It had no guard rail or any other type of barrier to prevent a vehicle from driving off of the side of the mountain. It was a scary road. And to make matters worse our driver drove us along this road at top speeds!
Needless to say we were all very uneasy as we drove along this road. But one of my friends didn’t seem bothered by the dangerous road or the driver’s less than cautious driving. Unlike the rest of us, she was sitting in the front passenger seat just chatting it up with the driver without one bit of concern. What a contrast to how I was feeling because I was extremely concerned. As a matter of fact I was scared.
Yet, despite all of my concerns we made it to our destination in one piece. Now, when I think about that experience it reminds me of two important things we must keep in mind when we find ourselves traveling down one of life’s difficult roads.
- When Jesus is in the driver’s seat of your life no matter how terrifying the road you have to travel may be, He will get you to where you need to be safely. As scared as I was, that driver was confident that he could get us to our destination safely. And when it comes to God there is not a shadow of a doubt that he will get you through your journey safely as well.
- Stressing, worrying, and being anxious aren’t going to help you along the journey. The only thing they will do is negatively impact you mentally and physically. Either way you look at it, they are just not good emotions and they provide you no benefit. Unfortunately they have the tendency to creep up on you without warning so you must proactively work against them. And the way you overcome them is by doing what my friend in the front passenger seat did, which is continually talk to the driver. Like her you can’t focus on the tight turns, narrow road, or the cliffs that it seems as though you could fall off. Instead you must focus on the driver so that you can have peace.
God tells us in His word. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 So remember those words the next time you find yourself traveling along one of life’s most difficult roads.