“Dad, what are we going to do next?” That question has been echoed numerous times from one of my children over the last 6-7 years. On several occasions when our family has been on vacation or a trip, the question will be communicated, addressed and discussed. It seems to be all about the next activity on the list.
Enjoying the journey is a continual teaching moment. Demonstrating a constant desire to move on to the next activity or task, the moments during the process our often missed. The experience or destination itself is constantly focused upon therefore the process toward the end goal is missed. The opportunities to learn and grow during the journey are often not valued.
Our culture will sometimes get fixated upon the destination or the experiences in life. This mindset loses sight of the steps to get there. We can learn to appreciate the growth during the journey.
As Jesus made his way to the cross, he still took time to heal, teach, and be present with people. The cross was the destination from birth. (Ultimately, God exalted Jesus through resurrection and ascension.) Jesus’s journey to the cross was filled with miracles, opportunities to prepare the disciples, and teaching us how to follow Him. Failing to appreciate those moments would in a sense provide a disconnect with the destination. The mission is the cross (destination) and moments (journey) from birth leading up the cross are significant to understand the sacrifice Jesus makes through his death.
“They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog himand kill him. Three days later he will rise.”–Mark 10:32-34
As we remember what Jesus did for us this Lenten season, may we be reminded of our journey with Jesus as we follow Christ. The journey is just as important as the destination. Those two concepts are in constant dialogue with one another. The destinations: graduation, a job/career, marriage, starting family, travel should not overshadow life moments and experiences along the way that challenge us to grow and learn. May we embrace the journey as we follow Christ and celebrate the destinations brining glory to God.