Have you ever wondered what’s more important- the journey or the destination? My husband, John, and I have done a lot of traveling. We’ve traveled from one end of the country to another and back again. We now live in Florida. We knew our destinations but not would happen on the way there.
I am reminded about how although the destination is important, sometimes the journey is more important.
The Journey is More Important Than the Destination
I know that is a mouthful. But in looking at the journey’s we’ve faced, I realize that it’s in the daily struggles and challenges that we learn of what we are really made. It’s where our character is developed- or not developed, depending on our attitude.
Sometimes we’re in such a hurry to reach the goal or the destination that we forget that it’s the journey that makes the destination possible or at least makes us appreciate it more.
Examples- What’s More Important?
For example, you want to be a perfect size 6 but in order to get there, you have to lose 30 pounds first. In order to reach this destination, you’ll have to watch your diet and exercise and be disciplined. It’s not going to happen overnight, even though you may want it to. There will be plenty of ups and downs along the way.
Another example, let’s say you want to be a professional dancer. You can see yourself dancing in a Broadway Musical but it’s a lot of hard work- every day- that’s going to get you there- dancing lessons, lots of practice, acting lessons and even then there’s no guarantee.
All kinds of things can happen along the way. Successes and failures. We fall and we pick ourselves back up.
Paul’s Journey- A Thorn in the Flesh
The Apostle Paul had some kind of physical “thorn” in the flesh. Although God used him to heal many other people, Paul had to continue to live with his “thorn”.
When we are facing the unknown, or when our journey is hard or there is some kind of “thorn in the flesh”, it’s through those difficulties that we realize our need for God and learn to live in His daily grace.
We can’t snap our fingers and have life be perfect. We can have everything just exactly like we want it to be. Moreover, I don’t think that would even be healthy.
We may know our destination or where we want to be in 5 or 10 years from now or even 20 years from now and we may even have a plan in place to get there.
We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know
However, we don’t know what we don’t know. ONLY God does. He see’s end and the beginning. He sees the destination and the journey or the road it will take to get there. There will be highs and lows.
There is no way that can possibly know what will happen in the next minute much less in the next 20 years. But, God does and He knows that how we get to our destination is just as important as the destination itself.
“God’s grace is sufficient” for you and me as well. He is in control. Guiding you and me one step at a time on this journey of life and of faith.
I know where I am going. I know my destination but ONLY GOD KNOWS how I am going to get there, what obstacles I will face and how my faith will be tested.
As long as I know He is with me, I know that “His grace will indeed be sufficient for me” for He is trustworthy. He is good. He is “the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (Revelation 22:13).
So, back to the initial question. What’s more important – the journey or the destination? I believe that the journey is much more important than the destination. On the way to our different destinations, there are sites to see, lessons to learn, trials that test us and miracles that we get to experience. And, so much more.
Life is a faith journey and it’s our faith in this world that is preparing us for our roles in the next world.
Additionally, I believe that the destination is the reward for all the hard work we put into reaching our goals, standing strong in faith, and our commitments, etc.
So, enjoy this life of faith and all the hills and valleys because they are all preparing us for our reunion with the King.
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