This theme of “taking the long road” has been coming up for me and I have been aware that the Lord has been speaking to my heart about this. There are some things in my life I have been expectantly waiting for that the Lord has shown me, but it has taken some time before I have seen it fulfilled. I have been encouraged by the story of Abraham and his waiting patiently for the promise the Lord gave him. And Joseph who was wrongfully improsoned and how long he had to wait before he was released.
As I take a moment to reflect upon my own life, I see that the Lord has been able to accomplish many things for me as I have been working towards the call He has given me. Many wonderful things have come to pass that I never expected nor planned for and how deeply thankful I am for the road the Lord has taken me on. If things were to happen in my timing, I never would have learned beautiful life lessons along the way, nor would I have appreciated what the Lord has done for me. Yes, the long road can be difficult, tiring, and annoying at times. But it’s on that road that I call out to God the most and my faith is tested and growing evermore. I would rather take the long difficult road with the Lord than the easy, lonely detour. It makes the finish at the end so much more fulfilling and enjoyable.
The personal walk I have had with Jesus over the years is totally unexplainable. And deep in my soul, I cannot express the joy the Lord has given. The longer I follow the Lord in my life, the more I feel that I can’t even explain all He has done and how mighty and powerful He is. So all I can do is just let the glory of God shine through my life, with little explanation needed. All that has happened in my life is because of Him and His faithfulness, nothing is of me. And with that said, I continue to cling to the call He has given, to the promises He has made, the hope He brings, the forgiveness He offers, and the love He freely gives.
I end this post with my favorite verse right now and a short message from Elisabeth Elliot relating to the topic I just shared. May you too follow the Lord on the long, but wonderful road.
Romans 4:20-21 “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.”
Author: Elisabeth Elliot
When Pharaoh let the people go, “God did not guide them by the road towards the Philistines, though that way was the shortest…. God made them go round by way of the wilderness towards the Red Sea” (Ex 13: 17, 18 NEB).
The direct route would save time as well as wear and tear on the people, but God had something infinitely more important than economics in mind—He wanted the people to be able to sing the song of praise of chapter 15—“The Lord is my refuge and my defence…my deliverer. He is my God and I will glorify Him; He is my father’s God and I will exalt Him” (Ex 15:2 NEB). They sang this song because they had firsthand experience of God’s power and deliverance. Pursued by all the chariots and horses, cavalry and infantry of Egypt, they had passed through the Red Sea in safety and seen the enemy drowned. They would have missed this glorious lesson if they had taken the short road.
When we are puzzled by delays and detours, let us think about the great purpose of life: to glorify God. The lessons He wants to teach us “in the wilderness” are priceless means of providing us with a song we could not otherwise have sung: “In Thy constant love Thou hast led the people!” (Ex 15:13).