The Journey And The Road
Those who are local know that U.S. Highway 68 is also known as Lexington Road. The reason for that is quite obvious. The road is so named because it takes you to Lexington, your destination. Along the way you could give the road some other names. There are places where it could be called the Straight and Smooth Road. Another spot on your journey may cause you to see it as the Hilly Highway. On either side of the Kentucky River it may more resemble a Treacherous Trail than a highway.
Depending where you are on your journey, the road will look and feel many different ways. Yet the road is not named for its design but for its destination. This is much like our journey though life. Our road is often marked by smooth and easy times. But just as surely we will come to the places in the road filled with difficulty, heartache and grief. It is therefore imperative that we keep our focus on the destination and not the distractions along the way.
The ride over the road is greatly affected by what we anticipate upon reaching our destination. If our trip takes us to Rupp Arena to watch the Cats romp over a rival, then the bumps and curves in the road are nearly forgotten. So, not only is the destination important, but also the expectation of what awaits.
The Apostle Paul knew all about the ups and downs in life’s journey. He believed pressing on was vital. His words were, “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race…” (Phil. 3:13-14)NLT
There is a grand old gospel song with this refrain: “When I’ve gone the last mile of the way; I will rest at the close of the day; And I know there are joys that await me when I’ve gone the last mile of the way.
The heart of the matter is this: Never give up, it is the destination that matters most.