One day Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. (Luke 8:22)
Jesus makes this open offer to practically everyone. Life is tough and sometimes it almost seems like we are in a warzone. Lost! Stuck! Stranded! And then Jesus shows up in His truck and says, “I am going to the other side. I am inviting you to join me. Do you want to come along?”
The ones who respond “Yes!” are “saved”.
Now, here’s the thing: When you decide to give God control over your destiny, you don’t get to choose the route. You just have to sit back and trust Him to get you to the Promised Land.
It’s like you’re in the truck and it does not have any windows. You don’t know where you are, how much progress you’ve made, or how soon you’ll get there. You feel the bumps along the road and you wonder what’s happening. You wonder when you’ll get to the other side—if ever.
That’s exactly what happened to the disciples who got into the boat with Jesus. Not long after they had begun sailing to the other side, they were hit by a storm. The boat was swamped, and they were in great danger. (Luke 8:23) The disciples, being human like all of us, panicked and woke Jesus, who rebuked the wind and the waves and calmed the storm. Then, He asked the disciples, “Where is your faith?”
There is a lesson for us in this. We feel the bumps along the way and yes, it’s very inconvenient. But God cares about our safety more than our comfort. He said He would get you to the other side, and He will do it. He is not going to let you down. God is driving and He knows the best and safest route out—after all, He created this place. Where is your faith? Just sit tight and stop panicking. Stop grumbling. And whatever else you do, don’t jump out until you reach your destination.
The good thing is God does not leave us in the dark altogether. Every once in a while, God lets us know we are getting closer. Like when you get married, or when you hold your newborn baby for the first time, or when you receive an unexpected promotion. These are milestones along the way. They assure us that God is still in control…that we haven’t strayed, and that He is still watching out for us. They remind us that with each passing day we are getting closer to the Other Side. That’s how life is.
Sometimes God leads us down roads we never intended to take, but we always end up exactly where we intended to be. That’s the beauty of it.
It took the Israelites 40 years to get to the Promised Land—mostly because they kept grumbling and making a nuisance of themselves. Sometimes, they flatly refused to move ahead. But God did eventually get them to the place He promised to give them.
How long will it take you to reach the Promised Land? Are you going to murmur and grumble all along the way and make things difficult for yourself and everybody else? Or are you going to stop working against yourself, trust God, and be good and patient—grateful that God actually bothered to save you in the first place?
The choice is yours!