“For he was looking forward to the city with foundations,
whose architect and builder is God.”
Hebrews 11:10 (NIV)
I have fond memories of my childhood and travelling from one place to another in our old 1930 Buick. We had the oldest car in our neighbourhood and at times I would be embarrassed to be in it if my friends saw me. Our particular car did not have a heater or windshield defroster installed for use in winter.
But as I remember those “good old days” there were some memories from then that were not so good. For example we could not buy quality tires for our car and as children we all rode along in terror waiting for an inevitable “blow out”. That occurred when the tire ruptured and the air leaked out quickly and caused the vehicle to sway and possibly skid off the road.
In my youth I would never have imagined that a passenger car would ever have a video system to entertain young passengers and make the journey more pleasant for them.
There are so many helps to make riding in a car pleasant, but on the journey of life we can be rudely detoured and there is nothing we can do about it. With certain illnesses doctors have few resources to help us. If we lose our job we may have to sell the family home if we are blessed enough to own one.
The journey through life can be very distressing for us. Many people think science should be able to solve all our problems and grant us an easy passage, but in some situations it fails us.
Frankly, for many people, they do not recognize that this life is a journey and not a destination. When you find this life to be full of trials and you think this is all there is to your existence, then you really have problems coping.
Christians recognize that this life is only a journey and not an end in itself. We accept the fact that the trip through this world may have various struggles and sorrows. Because we know that there is a glorious destination beyond this world we are prepared for the bumps and detours of life.
Believers in Jesus look forward to the world beyond this one, the world God has made for those who know and love Him. When we finally arrive there we shall easily say that it was worth all the struggles to arrive at our destination, heaven itself.
The man described in our verse was a pilgrim in this life and did not think this world was all there is. He understood that he was on a journey through this life to a place that God has constructed for him and all who love God.
May you see this glorious city of God as your destination and may you learn to see this life as only a journey. Then when you find difficulties and detours, they will not be devastating because you know this world is not your final destination.