I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go ..." Genesis 28:15
A ritual I practice in the driveway at the beginning of a long trip is a prayer in which I ask God to provide "traveling mercies." Ultimately it is a request that God would protect us along the way and return us safely home. We live in an age of automobile safety requirements. Seat belts and air bags are required in every vehicle. Windows are made of shatterproof glass. Rear doors have child-safety locks. We have rear and side view mirrors to aid us in our lane changes and tires that meet strict safety standards. But in reality only God can keep us truly safe.
While traveling to and from the St. Louis area to pick up and drop off three of our grandkids we had on two separate occasions a tire explode and a side swipe incident on Interstate 70 going 75 miles per hour. Thank God there was only minor damage to our van and I have to say that I believe through God’s protection, our traveling mercy prayers were answered. That doesn’t mean tragic things don’t happen in autos, I have lost good friends in vehicular accidents. Why some prayers are answered and others are not is a subject for another time.
As Christians, traveling mercies mark our movements as we journey along God's highway of life. God wants us to come home safe. The destination isn't a matter of geography. Home is being safe and secure with God--wherever we are.
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