05 May 2010

From the Evangelist’s wife’s dressing table.


My Journey is not your journey and your journey is not my journey, but together we journey.

Has anyone got the post code for Heaven? Am I able to plan my route? Can I take the easy option and bring out the Satellite Navigation system to plot my journey?

The answer to the above is, no there is no post code for Heaven. Yes I am able to plan my route with careful prayer, guidance from God and others, and listening to what the Lord says, but mostly wanting to follow what is said albeit sometimes painful. No there is no Satellite Navigation system that will give you an easy route to follow.

But although my planned (by God), journey is not the same as your planned (by God) journey, we are able to travel the route together, although it maybe for a short time, we can travel together. When I fall away, or you fall away because the Lord has given another avenue to travel down, then He will also make sure that someone else draws alongside us and travels for a while.

Our journey is not supposed to be easy, that’s why there is no Satellite Navigation system to help us on our way. But I don’t know about you, but I quite often find myself arguing with the Satellite Navigation GSP when I am driving anyway. This is how I am with God sometimes. He asks me to travel somewhere, (could be spiritually), and I feel that I know a better route than the one He has asked me to travel. So I end up doing my own thing, with the GSP asking me every so often to make a U turn. More often than not, the GSP will reset and offer me another route, hoping that I will take this one instead, but again because I have free will and that is one of the Graces and curses that God has blessed me with, I can decide to opt for a different route.

How many of us, if we did have a Satellite Navigation system set for Heaven, would choose the quickest route, the easy route. You know, like when we take the motorway, although it may add five or so miles on to the journey, but one it is easier to follow and two it is usually quicker that taking the A and B roads, that are often narrow. Maybe that is why God has not given us the Heavenly Satellite Navigation, because He knows that we always like things handed on a plate and we also like to take the easy route. And who ever said being a Christian is easy?

Matthew 7:14 ‘But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it’. This reading tells us that if we do have a good Satellite Navigation system, then we are to set it to the true route, taking all roads into account, because some will be faster than others and others will be so slow you feel that you could almost walk. We will have to trust in the GSP and blindly follow where it leads. Well what happened to our free will, Choices and alike? I for one would much prefer that the Lord be kind enough to give the map each day and ask me to follow and experience the things that He has set before me.

Matthew 7:13 ‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it’. Warns us about taking the easy route, the easy way, the easy path. This is where maybe we do journey together, where you may join me to try and help me take the next junction off, to set my route for the Kingdom. Then maybe you enjoy the speed of the motorway and stay on the broad road for a while, and someone draws alongside you and talks and shares and shows you how to get off at the next junction and resume your original journey to the Kingdom.

We are all set to arrive at the Kingdom, but we all have different routes to follow. We all start in different places and on occasions we may even have to call roadside assist to give us a quick jump start to get us back onto track again.

But one thing never to forget is that, ‘My Journey is not your journey and your journey is not my journey, but together we journey’. Meaning that I will always be there as a Christian friend for you when you need me and I am sure that you will always be there for me as a Christian friend when I need you.

May God Bless you all, and although your journey is by the narrow road, may God make it straight for you.

God Bless

Rick Hayes
Diocesan Evangelist.
© Rick Hayes, May 2010