Final Destination?

Have you ever had that feeling that you are just never going to move forward? Sometimes we can all feel trapped.

I had that feeling for quite a while until about two and a half years ago when I was finally getting settled here in Alberta. I was in the youth ministry, I had a solid career (at least I thought so at the time), and my wife and daughter had just moved here (remember that I came first to make sure it was a good fit).

Then they changed directions in the company I was working for. Suddenly I found myself with an $8,000 moving bill, a house so full of stuff that we couldn’t move around, my family around me, AND NO JOB! I certainly questioned God at that time.

Then I started working at the ministry to the homeless that I’m with now. At first, I kept looking over my shoulder and wondering if this was all going to fall apart too. Even now, I find myself wondering if this is my final destination. Before Bible college, I thought I would just be a youth pastor for the rest of my life. That has obviously changed as most of you know I’ve resigned my position as a youth pastor, mostly due to great success in my career.

I’m giving this brief history to remind myself that life is full of ebbs and flows. Sometime you soar, sometimes you feel you are sinking…but remember Deuteronomy 31:8, “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

The truth is that we will never reach a “final” destination until we are in the everlasting. We have to remember that God sees all that is ahead of us (even when we can’t fathom it). Enjoy the time you have, enjoy the people that love you, enjoy the journey. Don’t get too bogged down by the unknown, the uncertainty, or the unbelievable. Trust God that He will be with you until that final destination.

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