I really like road trips 🙂 They are an adventure-you never quite know what to expect. Surprises come in different shapes and sizes, from changes of weather to punctures. All in all, the end destination is usually worth the whole journey, regardless of the mishaps and drama along the way.
The same rationale applies for life. Some times we set out on a journey with the end in mind. On the way, as we are getting things ready, mishaps happen.
The disciples were not exempt.
As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. Then he and his disciples went to another village. (Luke 9:51-55 NIV)
I really like the disciples. They were very real, they did not hide their emotions because they walked with the Lord. They displayed their foolishness and let the Lord rebuke them. The disciples were angry that as they were getting things ready for Jesus, they were not being accepted by the people. Why was there opposition yet they were doing the work of the Lord? They felt personally hurt by the Samaritans and even wanted the Samaritans to know who they were really rejecting. However, the scripture says that Jesus had resolved to go to Jerusalem. They were rejected because He was headed elsewhere. If they were accepted do you think they would have opted to stay?
Romans 8:28 (NIV)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
There is a purpose that He has called you to. May the sideshows not get you tired and distracted but may your focus remain on the destination. Anger and resentment can rob you of the joy you need to soldier on and hang in there.
If the side shows have drained and distracted you it is not too late to get back.
Set your eyes on the final destination, the place that the Lord desires for you to go.
Have a blessed weekend.