This past summer my family experienced what was probably the last family road-trip vacation that will be just the “five of us” (mom, dad, and our three sons).
We’ve had several “FOU” road-trips that stand out and I want to share some thoughts on them as the re-introduction to “In My Father’s Footsteps.”
In My Father’s Footsteps took the summer off to work on new devotions, the True Men Ministries website, and the True Man Podcast. Now we’re back!
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.Genesis 12:1
Journey Into the Unknown
The boys were young. Our oldest was 12, middle was 9 and youngest was 8. I was serving as a pastor in Southern California, my wife was teaching in the school at our church.
We loaded the van and told the boys to hop in one early March morning. They naturally asked where we were going.
My wife and I told them that we were going to dive out to Joshua Tree National Park to look at the cacti. They were less-than-enthused but still piled in to the back of the van. Their excitement came from being with mom and dad on a road-trip.
They didn’t know that we had different – and awesome – destination in mind. But we were together and that’s all that mattered to them.
After about 4 hours of driving they were none-the-wiser. They hadn’t been really paying attention. If they had, they would have noticed that we zoomed past Joshua Tree National Park three hours ago!
As we drove through Phoenix and had made the right turn south, our oldest finally became suspicious.
“Where are we going, dad?”
An hour later, we pulled into the hotel we had booked in Tucson, Arizona That was when we told them that we were going to spend a couple of days here to watch the Chicago White Sox play some Spring Training baseball games.
They cheered and, though exhausted because of the long drive and early start, were very excited! This was a longish journey that had an awesome conclusion!
It occurs to me that many times the calling of God involves the one called to take a journey.
God’s Call to Journey
Abraham was called by God to be his “friend” and he journeyed from his home in Northern Mesopotamia to what is now Israel.
Moses was called by God to be Israel’s leader and he journeyed from Southern Palestine to Egypt and back again.
Paul was called by God to be the Apostle to the Gentiles and he journeyed from being the Christian Church’s greatest murderous threat to her greatest evangelist.
And you and I are called by God to be His people in this world. We are called to be “born again” in the waters of Holy Baptism and to be “proclaimers” – in word and deed – of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our calling involves a journey. Maybe not a physical journey of epic proportions, but it is a journey essentially from death to life.
We were conceived and born sinful, spiritually blind and dead. But God calls us out of this darkness of death into His marvelous light of life!
Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are resurrected to life. A life journeyed with God. A life given to us by God. A life to be lived to God.
What was your calling like? Where has your journey led you so far?
Let’s hear those stories!
I pray that God continues to bless you on your journey. If you haven’t heard God’s call yet, I pray you will hear it soon!
Heavenly Father, I pray for all those who have heard your calling and are on the journey. Guard and protect them as they live out their calling. I also pray for those who have, as yet, not heard your calling or have not begun their journey. I pray you will make it clear to them that you love them and are calling them to an epic journey. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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