How many of you remember going to AAA to get a “Trip Ticket” while planning your family vacation? For those of us, let’s say in our fifties and up, I would think many of us. This little mapping tool would show us the fastest route to our destination with convenient food, gas and lodging along the way. It would indicate locations that would be congested due to ongoing construction and even some really cool historic landmarks you may want to stop at and visit.
The journey of life, however, is much different than that. There is no trip ticket, app, or tool to warn us of the “Bends in the Road.” We have no idea when we might get that phone call, doctor’s diagnosis, or conversation that will change our journey in ways we may have never thought about. As Christians what we do have is the hope found in Jesus. The very foundation of the good news of the Gospel.
About 18 months ago I received that phone call that changed my family’s lives forever. Our daughter Jourdan was involved in a motor vehicle crash and was left with a very serious traumatic brain injury. The “Bend in the Road” was real. Since then, I have learned that my foundation as a Christian was fairly sound yet I had not really grown much since that was formed. Our family was given so many books to read, to help us with the journey but honestly I just could not concentrate on reading more than maybe five minutes. I discovered that I could not pray out loud in mixed company because I was so emotional I was afraid that I would break down and cry.
Recently I was reminded of one of those books that I read. “A Bend in the Road” by David Jeremiah. I don’t recall who gave this one to me but thank you very much if you happen to be reading this. In one of the chapters David reminds us, through Psalm 121, where that help does come from.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” -Psalm 121
My help comes from God, the creator of ALL things. He knows where I will be stepping, He numbered the hairs on my head. He is going to protect me. He is not going to sleep so there is no need for me to stay up all night worrying about things. He has my back. He preserves me from evil, my own existence, every morning and night and through all eternity. This is not a cushioned life, but a well armored one, through His will and power for my life. Praise God!
Don’t wait for the “Bend in the Road” to seek the Great Helper! Start today by trusting in the great hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, spending time in the Word of God and developing that relationship with Jesus. Blessings.