Have you ever thought about a long trip as a good thing? I'm guessing not. Long hours in the car probably just seem boring...not something for which you are thankful, right?
But what if it is actually good for us to go on that long drive? What if waiting to get where we want to go is a gift from God? What if we need that time to learn...to see...and to be even more thankful for what we experience when we get there?
Think about the journey of the Israelites after God parted the Red Sea and rescued them from slavery in Egypt. They were so excited for the place God had promised them...they even called it the Promised Land! It was going to be great!
But God did not take them straight there. They had a long trip ahead of them. They complained. They got tired. They were probably bored. They might have even asked, "Are we there yet?"
How could that be good? Well, during that trip, God gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments...and a lot of other guidelines for living. During that trip, God worked miracles before their eyes. During that trip, God forgave them when they disobeyed and complained.
During that trip, God was working in the lives of the Israelite people.
God is working in your life in every trip you take, too...and I don't just mean road trips. God works in our lives even when we are between the big things. Maybe you feel like you are on a trip right now...away from the last big thing that happened and waiting for the next one to come. Maybe you are starting to feel bored, or worried, or asking God, "Am I there yet?"
If so, remember the Israelites. Remember that God not only keeps his promises; he sticks with us while we wait for them to come, teaching us and guiding us to make sure we end up in the right place knowing everything we need to know. When we remember that God is faithful, we can be thankful not only for where he leads us but for the things he shows us along the way.
Read Exodus 14:15-22 and Joshua 3:1-17
What does God do in both of these passages?
Why would God do the same thing at the beginning and the end of the Israelites' trip?
Make a verse image for one of the following verses...or do both!
You can use crayons, colored pencils, paints, or any other materials you like. Write down the verse on the paper first; then, draw your image around it. You can make your image realistic or abstract.
Keep your verse image(s) in a place you will see often. Each time you pass by, remember how God continued working in the lives of the Israelites while they were in between things...and remember that God is doing the same for you.