Road Trip: Worth Stopping For
“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.” Acts 2:4
When I’m driving down a highway, I’ll often see signs for “Scenic Stops” along the way. There’s usually a small parking area and a clear view of a mountain, river, or other natural landmark. They look like great places to stop. However, I rarely take the time to stop. I can be so focused on reaching the destination that I miss out on the beauty of the journey.
In our life of faith, we pay particular attention to the journey, not just the destination. We hope to find complete salvation for ourselves and the world. We hope to find our way to healing, to peace, or to a discerned future. Yet, we can find wonders and blessings on the journey as we find God’s Spirit working among us. At Pentecost, when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, they embarked on a journey to spread God’s good news. They set off to various destinations, but the Spirit worked wonders in their lives and the lives of others on their journeys to these destinations.
The journey can be as important as the destination. We’re often directed to “stop and smell the roses.” Each day, we should take time to recognize God’s presence and count our blessings. If we don’t take that time, we will miss the scenic spots along the way that offer us peace, rest, and hope in the midst of our journey. So, will we reconsider the scenic spots along the road and take a minute to stop and enjoy them? We all need those moments of renewal and refocus. Let’s take the time to stop and experience God along our journeys. We’ll be glad we did!