God speaking to Joshua: "Be strong and brave, for you will be a successful leader of my people, and they shall conquer all the land I promised to their ancestors. You need only to be strong and courageous and to obey to the letter every law Moses gave you, for if you are careful to obey every one of them you will be successful in everything you do. Constantly remind the people about these laws, and you yourself must think about them every day and night so that you will be sure to obey all of them. For only then will you succeed. Yes, be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1: 6-9 (TLB)
Jordan S. Hiquet lives in Pennsylvania. His daily commute to work consists of a 25-minute drive, one way, on a rural two-lane road. Even though most days are trouble-free, problems such as wildlife crossing the road, downed trees, and flooded roadways are always possible. The biggest challenge is when winter brings a mess of snow, ice, and wind. On those days Jordan drives well under the speed limit as he carefully makes his way up and down the snow-covered hills.
One day it occurred to Jordan that his winter drive is similar to life. The icy roads and snowy hills are comparable to life's troubles - the death of a family member, the loss of a job, a devastating health diagnosis. Just as Jordon doesn't know what lies ahead on his journey, as we travel through life we don't know what awaits us either.
One thing we know for sure is this promise from Jesus: "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). Jesus didn't promise us an easy life; but he told us not to worry because no matter how hard our journey is, he has already won the fight. So when we find ourselves sliding along life's roadway, worrying about the future, we can find comfort and peace in knowing that Jesus is with us on the journey.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to remember that no matter how troubling life gets, you are always with us, in Jesus' name. Amen.