“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Joy in the Journey

 by Macy Johnson

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do,

do it all for the glory of God.”

(1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV)


One of my favorite songs from the late 1980’s is Michael Card’s “Joy in the Journey.”

There is a joy in the journey

There’s a light we can love on the way

There is a wonder and wildness to life

And freedom for those who obey


I talked with my daughter this past weekend about her journey, her transfer from North Carolina back to her home state of Alabama. Libby missed the laid-back customs of Asheville, but looked forward to embracing the dressed-up culture of Birmingham. We discussed how different types of people thrive in different locations. It is fun to slide into a new home and enjoy the journey there.


My son has discovered a new path in Nashville, Tennessee. Twists and turns of a job promotion, new friends, and fresh hopes and dreams are shaping an epic adventure for him. I bathe my children and grandchildren in daily prayers.


My immediate family’s relocations from Florida’s panhandle to Birmingham and then to Georgia have brought joys unspeakable. My husband and I sometimes wonder what life would have been like if we had ignored the calls to pack up and move on. Like others we sometimes wonder, “What if?”


Even if we sit at home and do nothing all day, we are still on a journey. Time pulls us along into change, whether we like it or not and how we spend the time we’re given has eternal impact. Where our Creator leads us was planned before we were born. He has laid out our paths, and His Spirit nudges us to move along with Him, step by step.


I will seek joy in the journey my Lord unveils today. I hope you will, too!

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