Deuteronomy 12:28 NIV
Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you,
so that it may always go well with you and your children
after you, because you will be doing what is good andright in the eyes of the LORD your God.
I have always enjoyed travelling in any shape or form, trains, planes, cars, bikes powered or otherwise, and for me travelling is one of the most enjoyable parts of any holiday. Although I have never had to cope with erupting volcanoes, if I had I may have a different view. Come to think of it, would that come under the heading of “Not Travelling”? We as Christians often refer to our “Spiritual Journey” or “Christian walk” and I think that is a good analogy especially if you travel by plane or boat. If you board an aeroplane, you take your seat and strap yourself in and the first voice you usually hear is the Captain, who will welcome you aboard and let you know things like weather conditions and time of arrival at your destination, and then one of the cabin crew will stand up and give vital safety information, to a recorded message, Usually an attractive young woman standing in the gangway doing some sort of “Hand Jive” (remember that?)
At the end of May my wife and I will be travelling up to Orkney. We will drive up to the very North of Scotland and board the ferry at Scrabster, and as the boat leaves the harbour there is a chime over the Tannoy and the captain will introduce himself and tell us (We hope) that the Pentland Firth is calm and we should have a safe and comfortable crossing. Then the message changes to a recording to tell us that very important information for our survival should we get torpedoed on the crossing. It is a requirement by law that this information is given at the start of every crossing. As we look around at our fellow travellers, most of them seem too busy getting a drink or finding the best seat to enjoy the view and some are even asleep as soon as they sit down. You can always spot the first time travellers because they are the ones looking for the muster points that the recording is talking about.
Our Christian journey is very like that. At the start Jesus made us welcome and reassured us, and although we may never have actually seen him, by his Spirit and through his disciples he continues to give us that vital information to help us on our journey, especially when things get difficult. Yes I know some of us are like the seasoned travellers and take little notice and just get on with the business of travelling in comfort. Things are a little different when things start to go wrong, when health or personal relationships break down. That’s when we try to remember those words, that “Vital Information”. But be reassured because, like the Captain on our ship, Jesus didn’t give us instructions and then leave the ship. He travels with us to the end of the journey, (Matt 28:v20) He is in charge. He is always with us. So remember his words today. Thank you for joining me on my Christian journey I look forward to travelling on, together.