"Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." John 7:38

snowy driveway

With forty-eight measurable snowfalls this winter many conversations started with: “How long was your commute?”  Black ice, snow, disabled vehicles, distracted drivers, multi-vehicle accidents and snowplows often turned normal commute times into nightmares.

It wasn’t unusual for Brian to call several times on his way home with delayed ETAs due to slow traffic or icy roads. When the weather is nasty, we want to be someplace warm, dry and safe as soon as possible

For the most part, we don’t like storms. We don’t like the unpredictability, the obstacles, hurdles, distractions, turbulence, hardships, delays or discomfort in life that they bring. We want calm days and timely arrivals.

Life isn’t like that. Life is full of storms that often cause long commutes; it always has been, and it always will be. Wherever the Lord is taking us, whatever road He has us on, there will be storms, and there will be delays. But that’s not all bad…

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead us to disappointment.” – Romans 5:3-5 NLT

The storms will not destroy us. The delays will not defeat us. Both will shape us.

“So be truly glad. There is a wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold…” – 1 Peter 1:6-7NLT

God has a purpose for every storm and delay on the road He has you on. He knows what storm He wants you to endure. He knows where you will be delayed because you’ve slid off into a snow bank, or spun out, or even stalled. He knows when you will be in white-out conditions, unable to see the next turn. He is already there waiting to help you.

But sometimes the storm or delay may be our own fault. Sometimes the delay is the direct result of disobedience. The Israelites in the desert understood a long commute.

“Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir. But forty years after the Israelites left Mount Sinai…” – Deuteronomy 1:2-3 NLT

The Israelites arrived at the Promised Land shortly after leaving Egypt, but refused to believe that God would give them the land, so they didn’t go in. The consequence of their sin was a forty-year-sand-storm of grumbling and disobedience. Talk about a long commute!

There are no short-cuts to spiritual maturity. It is impossible to grow in our understanding of God, and our part in God’s plan, without weathering storms. It is impossible to get out of the desert without trusting God.

How are the roads that you are currently travelling? Are you in a storm? God knows the length of your commute and every pot-hole along the way. You can trust Him to bring you safely home.

Comments on: "How Long Is Your Commute?" (8)

  1. Bev Brewer said:

    God always provides. Our lack of patience is the question.

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  2. So what do you think??? Are we a team or what. I just love technology and so happy it is for the Lord

    Carolyn Lawrence Sent from my iPhone

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  3. I often read and quote your blogs in encouraging others and myself of course to continue to trust the Lord and stand firm. Thank you and Carolyn keeps me up to date. What a blessing and gift she is. Miss you Christine

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    • Thank you, Christine, just like when we were CLs, if the Lord gives it to one… it is to share with all – feel free to use any of these ♥ Miss you, too!

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  4. Janet Redeker said:

    Very good read and dear to my situation now!! I know all this but good to hear from someone else!! Some days the road seems too rough to keep going but He is always right beside me (I let myself forget)!!! I don’t know why this has become my challenge, but I know God does and He also has a plan!!! I jus
    t have to trust Him and continue to commute with him!!!!

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    • Oh Janet, the road is sometimes so very long and difficult, but as you said, what a comfort to know that God has mapped out your path and is right beside you. Love to you! Marcia

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