“Do you remember that time we were in an Arkansas?” my friend asked me on the phone.
“We had a great time.”
“I mean the drive to the country home from the airport,” she said. “That was the darkest road ever. It was black.”
“That was one of the most adventurous trips for sure,” I said.
“But even when it was so dark, I felt better because you were with me,” she added.
What a sweet friend…but felt better with me? What good would a blind friend be to her on a pitch black road?
We both laughed for a long while.
But reality isn’t as funny. While on the road of life, we bring along the wrong person—our insecurities. We invite whom we shouldn’t—our negativity. We pursue what isn’t the best—superficial longings. And we trust in others’ wisdom.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. During the journey, here are five ways to make sure you have the best companion for a safe trip:
1. Bring someone who can see the road ahead.
2. Make sure that person has knowledge of the surroundings, the turns and danger points.
3. Determine if that person has traveled that road before.
4. Know that you can trust in that person should your vehicle break down.
5. Be certain that person can take over at any time.
And if you find this person to be anyone else but the Lord—trouble and danger ahead. The road will be dark. Each turn will be dangerous. And the fatal cliff is waiting at the next curve.
But if you can invite Jesus on the journey…if you can relax as He’s beside you, then, no matter how dark the road is, your soul will whisper: “Great peace has those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble” (Psalm 119.165).
Father, often the road is black, no way out, no signs or lights to guide the way. Teach me to love your law, your precepts and ways. I will have peace, I will trust in your companionship, in your navigating and I shall not get lost, fall or stumble. In Jesus’ name I thank you, amen.
• What road are you on now?
• Who’s guiding your path?
• Who will bring reassurance for the journey?