A road map isn’t at all useful unless you know where you are. It’s not useful unless you know where your destination is. Life isn’t a “Point A” to “Point B” journey anyway. We have so many detours, points of interest and flat tires to contend with. So many times we get caught up in the scenery that we forget to advance. We get weary and want the trip to come to an end. Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Will Jesus be looking for us when we get there?
In “The Road We Must Travel” Francis Chan, Eugene Peterson, Bill Hybels and many others join together to pen a personal guide for us. Tullian Tchividjian tells us in a chapter titled “Trouble Happens”: “The truth is, we are broken people living in a fallen world with other broken people…Life in this broken world is suffering.” But he doesn’t just leave us there. He takes us on to realize that grief is an act of worship. Pain leads to freedom, and deep suffering, as bad as it is, leads to deep surrender. “Sometimes God is actually saving us when it feels like he’s killing us.”
Mark Buchanan entertains us as he admits that he is much like Jonah. So is the “church”. Or more like Esther…. depending on the circumstances. Gordon MacDonald confesses that he has run from conflict because he thought that was the Christian way but healthy conflict should be about the energetic search for a better idea, not about winning or losing.
I’ve been thrilled with Ruth Haley Barton’s chapter on being fully present to God and present to other people. This may very well be the quality we all lose so easily.
“You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest.” –Psalm 139:3 TLB
“We’re all on the same road trip, heading toward the same destination. With help from those who’ve traveled ahead of us, we can find peace and perspective on the journey.” The Road We Must Travel-A Personal Guide for Your Journey