+Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka
Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—JOURNEY. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!
I’ve said it before. This year has turned out so differently than I anticipated.
It’s held many complications to “my” plans, my hopes. So many distractions.
Hubs traveling. Boys bickering. Injuries thrown in. Disappointments along the way.
Right now, my journey—my path— feels overrun with vines.
And I am . . . weary.
I shouldn’t be irritated by the small things, I know I shouldn’t. But when I am weary, irritation is one of the first indicators. My poor family.
God never promises us an easy journey. Whether we’re on the marriage journey, the parenting journey, the infertility journey, the dream-seeking journey, or the illness journey.
He never promises us a smooth and rock-free path.
He never declares it will be a hill-less hike.
Instead, it’s a journey where we sometimes get tripped up. The path turns in unexpected directions. Sometimes we trip on the rocks in the path. At times, the path is so narrow we barely fit on it without plummeting from the drop off a few inches away.
There are seasons where the path is even. Times when things go fairly smoothly.
And there are times when the path I’m walking feels steep, defeating, and discouraging.
One thing I’ve learned is that, no matter where I’m at in my journey, I need to trust my Father. He knows each step coming up for me.
When my eyes are fixed on Him, though I may trip, the recovery won’t be as difficult, because God is there. Though I may stumble or get caught up in the vines of unmet expectations (with people or circumstances), God’s grace will catch me. He will untangle me. He will set me aright again.
He will always be with me. With us on every step of our journey.
What about you? When your journey has been hard or discouraging, how did you work through it? What’s your favorite verse for those times when the journey feels overwhelming?
I’m linking up with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday—Journey