You’re driving down the road when suddenly you see the orange sign which reads, “Road Work Ahead.” At that moment you realize your journey is about to change. You will have to slow down your speed, perhaps merge into one lane, drive on a rough road, or even come to a complete standstill. The next part of your journey will be guided by orange cones and barrels that direct you. However, eventually, you will see the final orange sign that says, “End Road Work.” Your traveling will return to how you began.
Our lives are often described as a journey. From the moment we are born to our last breath on this earth we are on a journey through life. Where life takes us, we do not know. What our journey will be like is an unknown and each day can bring totally different experiences; some good and some not so good. Life is a journey.
The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Journeys begin and journeys end. It is the in-between time that our lives are lived. It is during this journey that we are shaped, molded, and develop as individuals. How we will look at the end of the journey only God knows.
Paul in his letter to the church at Philippi states, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6) As followers of Jesus, God is always shaping us into persons that reflect his son. Paul would also write in his letter to the Corinthians, “And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18) In our journey with God, God is working to bring us to the place we need to be and to become the people God desires. And God’s desire is that we look and live like Jesus. It is, indeed, the journey of a lifetime that only finds its completion when we went enter into God’s heaven.
That is where the sign will say, “End Road Work” or as Jesus promised, “Well done, good and trustworthy servant; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:21)
The joy of our Lord is our ultimate destination. It will be a joy that has no end and where we will experience the reward of a life journeying with our Lord. But until that time, God is working on us. Even when the journey is difficult, we can have faith and assurance that God is still in control. One step at a time, this is what God asks of us. In each moment and in each experience let God take the lead. And when God takes the lead, we can make the journey because it is in God’s hands.