(Click in heading to expand) Decisions You Make Affect Those Traveling With You
Many of you know that we have a cottage in Canada. As the kids have grown, the drive has gotten shorter, but at one time we would allow 5 to 6 hours to get there. When we leave to spend time at the cottage, we leave with a full tank of gas, special activities (saved just for the van ride), a new movie or audiobook, and snacks…..LOTS of snacks!!
When the kids were little, we wouldn’t even be to Victor OR maybe not even off the Parkway and the questions would start…… Are we there yet? When are we stopping to eat? And then there is the dreaded, “My brother/sister is bothering me!!” Once, Kate actually constantly declared from Kodak on 104 to Mexico, NY, “I’m hungry!” That one tested the patience of everyone in the car!!
Every parent has been there. Questions from the backseat. You come to expect them. Every journey to a destination includes them. The same is true for the journey of faith.
Just like kids on a trip we get tired of the journey. We want to know when we can stop. We get tired of serving. We get tired of waiting. We get tired of the people we’re traveling with.
And we grumble. The Israelites did. They complained about the food, about the place they were traveling, and about their ‘driver’ Moses.
Grumbling does not set well with God. In fact, our grumbling can lead to our wandering. When offered the chance to leave Kadesh and enter the Promised Land, the Israelites listened to the fear-filled report from ten spies instead of the faith-full report of Joshua and Caleb.
Kadesh means “Spring of Decision” and it was time for one. They were in the right place to make the right decision. But the majority made the wrong one. The people wished they had died in the desert. So, God told them they would get their wish. They would wander until the unbelieving generation died out.
And they did. They wandered in the Wilderness for forty years. And their children were impacted by their decisions.
The decisions you make affect those around you, just like the decisions the Israelites made at Kadesh. You can decide to grumble or be thankful. You can decide to turn away from God or turn toward God. You can decide to wander without purpose through life or follow God’s vision for your life.
Just don’t forget that those in the backseat will be affected by your decisions.