Be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5b-6 ESV
When our two boys were about four and six years old, my wife and I decided to travel cross country to stay with some friends, while enjoying a bit of camping along the way. “Okay guys we are going to Missouri.” I explained to the boys. “We will be traveling for three days and will be sleeping in our tents for two nights along the way. Don’t worry about when we get there, just enjoy the ride, play games and don’t fight! “I told them enthusiastically.
The next morning with our little car packed to the max, we headed down the highway. I felt confident we were well prepared for our first big family road trip until about twenty minutes down the highway when our older son tapped me on the shoulder and asked. Hey Dad. Are we there yet?” I can’t remember if I laughed or cried, but either way I saw that, despite my best efforts, I had not communicated very well with our boys about the road ahead. I am sure many of you have experienced this same scenario and have discovered that whether we laugh, pull our hair out or try repeating our explanations, our kids aren’t satisfied with details. What they really want is a regular assurance that everything is okay – every mile along the way. It is the same with us as we travel the Christian life with God. But the wonderful difference between God and me is that He didn’t just give us an explanation of the road map; He promised to stay with us and guide us every mile along the way!
6 thoughts on “Are We There Yet Dad?”
I love this! How often I don’t enjoy the journey God has put me on because I keep pestering Him about whether I’ve arrived at where He wants me. Thanks so much for this, Pete!
So glad this sweet memory gave you a smile! As always, thanks for reading and commenting.
It never dawned on me that, “Are we there yet?” could also be interpreted as, “Is everything still OK, dad?” Thoughts such as these reframe the entire conversation. I’ve often asked God a version of this same question. I’m glad He is more patient than I was with my young sons when they did the same thing!
Yeah me too. Patience was not my strong suit!
Haha! Ah, kids’ concepts of time. I’m guessing when we do get there, this life will seem like a blink of an eye. So we may as well enjoy the journey. 🙂
Amen. Jesus told us to watch the birds and I haven’t seen a robin who stayed up worrying all night yet!