A life with Christ is a journey full of twists and turns that is exhilarating and full of surprises. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a journey is “an act or instance of traveling from one place to another.” Our walk with Christ is much like a marathon runner. A runner has to train vigorously to build endurance for the race. We prepare our journey with God as we make strides towards knowing Him on a deeper level.
Along the journey, we may encounter setbacks. In those moments, we have to step back and assess the situation. We have to learn how to work through it before moving forward. This is what I call a bump in the road. The “bump in the road” is our struggles and challenges we face during our journey. God never promised it would be easy, but He did promise He would be with us through the difficult times. The Bible states for us to “be strong and courageous” and that God “never leave[s] [us] nor forsake [us]” (Deuteronomy 31:6). This Scripture brings comfort in knowing that God is always with us.
Picture yourself at the starting line of a race pumped with excitement and anticipation. You are stretching and bouncing side-to-side, impatiently waiting for the race to begin. The months of training prepared you mentally and physically. You make goals to finish the race in a certain amount of time, and you strive to achieve them. A runner may not foresee obstacles during his journey. The weather conditions may not be what he or she expected. Rain or other harsh conditions may slow him or her down, and it takes longer to reach the finish line.
We face many obstacles. No matter how long God prepared us for the journey, we still have conflict. Satan is real, and He will, with his best efforts, try to make you feel defeated. He does not want you to succeed, but God does. It is in the journey that you find strength in Christ to move forward. It is in journey that you find out who you are through Christ.
Joyce Meyer says “we need to enjoy the journey and not be so focused on our destination that we miss everything else.” Sometimes the journey takes longer than we expect due to complications or waiting for answers. Just like life goals, getting to know God on a higher level will take preparation, patience, and dedication to reach new levels with Him. As Christians, God has expectations for us to meet, and, by conquering them, we learn to trust and know Him on a deeper level.