Devotional: March 18th
Long trips are a mixed bag for me. Some are absolutely refreshing while others are a drain. Trips with my wife are wonderful. We always talk practically the whole way there and back. Trips by myself are the ones that can be a drag. Having to sit in a car for a long trip with just me can be taxing. I don't know how my wife does it.
There is a little mind game I play with myself when I am travelling by my lonesome. I will segment the trip into mileage bytes. For instance, I know how long it takes me to go from my home to Lexington or Cincinnati. I look over the trip I am to take and I pick towns that fit driving times for other places to which I feel comfortable driving. Then each little milestone breaks the trip into smaller more manageable segments.
On really long trips I will usually take breaks about every three hours. I actually stop the car and get out of it and do something for about ten minutes. I have found that, at my age, those breaks are lifesavers. My joints need to flex and move every now and then or they get stiff and I get uncomfortable in the car. So each trip becomes challenge of staying fresh to the driving task.
God has given us our long trip from the cradle to the grave. For some it is a short hop. For others an unending journey. Some never live past their youth while others live well into their nineties. But for all of us He has made the trip as easy as possible by giving us each day as a new part of the journey. Each fresh twenty-four hour slice of life is a time for us to invest in with our lives. How well we do that makes those days pass by much more easily.
"See then that you walk carefully, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is." Ephesians 5:15-17 Rather than complain about the length of the trip learn to cherish each day as a gift from God to use. Your trip may not be a long one, or you may have a trip that spans a century. Live each day in the will of the Lord and the trip will a joyful one.
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