I pray the day is finding you well.
I don't know how many times I have heard, "It's not the destination, it's the journey."
While this is true on some level in spiritual formation it helps to know the destination. Knowing the destination gives us the ability to truly enjoy the journey.
I am at a YMCA camp in Silver Bay, New York.
I arrived last night.
I left early yesterday morning and spent the day in a plane, not my idea of a good time, locked in a small space, in a chair that is too small, next to someone I don't know, eating the worlds smallest bag of mini pretzels, trying to make each one last for as long as it can.
We finally landed in Albany, New York at 4pm. I saw a friend of mine, her name is Janelle, she was going to the retreat too. I was going to rent a car when she said, "See that guy over there, he is renting a car already to go to the retreat maybe you can catch a ride with him?"
I thought that was a brilliant idea, I hate spending money.
I walk over, introduce myself, his name is Dan, and off we went.
As we are leaving the parking garage Dan says, "You're the navigator."
All we had to do was take 87 north to 9 north, simple enough.
It only took us four hours to make the 90 minute trip.
Evidently, we took the wrong 9 north?
We got hungry, there was this BBQ place called pj's. We ate slop buckets with loganberry soda pops. It was real good.
We saw amazing country.
We laughed until we cried.
We almost got to Silver Bay once but there was a tree that fell across the road. We had to find another way.
It got dark.
Being men we did not resort to a map. That would just be silly.
We climbed this huge hill.
We came down the other side. Eventually we found 9 north again, but we wanted to see the tree, so we turned south.
We drove and we drove and we drove.
We found the tree, but the traffic wouldn't allow us to get close enough for a picture. We decided to take a picture of the traffic as proof.
We turned around.
We started to get hungry again. We wanted ice-cream.
We never found an ice-cream shop. What we did find was a new friend.
It turns out that Dan used the lease agreement we had with Rhapsody church as a template at his YMCA.
We talked a lot.
Eventually we got to Silver Bay.
People ask us, "Weren't you tired of riding?"
We just look at each other, smile and say, "Oh, but the journey was awesome!"
I am sitting on the shores of Lake George. The destination is amazing, but the journey was awesome.
Lord, never let tire of the journey. I know the destination. Don't let me become so focused on the destination that I don't take the time to enjoy the life You have given me.