When my wife and I are riding our motorcycle, I like to go fast through the mountainous curves. That’s a feel-good adrenaline rush. My wife, seated behind me, prefers to take in the scenery. It’s hard for her to do that when she’s holding on tightly as I lean the bike into a fast-paced curve. I try to remember this.
God knows it better than I. He told the Israelites that they should walk in the wilderness for 40 years. Why? Because this slower pace meant that they could discover some important things along the way. Things about God and themselves and faith and humility and God’s faithfulness and love.
God worked it out so that Joseph and Mary had to walk to Bethlehem at the inconvenient last minute for Jesus’ birth, then to Egypt, and then finally home to Nazareth. Jesus walked to Calvary carrying his own cross, and after he rose from the dead, he walked on the road to Emmaus with two disciples who would later exclaim, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he [Jesus] talked with us on the road?” (Luke 24:32).
Don’t speed through life and miss it. Don’t overload your schedule. Slow down. Walk more.
Be ready to discover something that’s only discoverable before you get to the destination. It’s not always about the fastest way from point A to point B. Sometimes, as we bikers like to say: the journey is the destination.