What sort of person would intentionally endanger the lives of the children they are transporting in their car? Such a thing would be unthinkable of any right minded individual; yet, I found myself coming perilously close to doing just that.
I had our grandchildren in the car with me while driving to the lake for the family reunion picnic. I did one of those glances down to check my exit street on the directions sheet and when I looked up noticed I had begun that quickly to drift toward the shoulder of the road. I made the adjustment to stay in the lane as I exited the freeway and continued on our journey. I glanced over at the children and looked in the mirror at those I could see in the back and they were busy one reading her book, while the others were playing on their phones. They were unaware of anything.
That is when it struck me. The awesomeness of the responsibility I had to safely deliver these children to our destination. They had gotten into the vehicle with me in complete and total confidence that I knew where I was going and would get them there safely. There was no thought in their mind to consider anything else. They busied themselves with what they had chosen to do and sat back without a care or concern. It was the same thing I had done repeatedly over the past month as I got on airplane after airplane, busied myself with whatever with no thought or concern about the journey.
It occurs to me that this is an apt example of the church. Children come to church. They have no thought or consideration about their safety or even destination. They put their total trust in us to carry them on this journey. They do not consider if we know the directions to where we are to go. They do not consider if the path we are taking is the best path. They do not concern themselves with whether or not we have the qualifications to make the journey. They come putting their total trust in us to move them from where they are to a new and better place filled with joy, and peace, and hope.
Sometimes we get distracted from the task. It may be to check our bearings or to observe something that has caught our attention alongside the road. Whatever it might be we divert our focus from the road before us to some distraction. When ever we divert our focus we are in danger of drifting off the course that has been set before us.
God is entrusting us with God’s own children. They are special in God’s sight. We are being permitted to take them on a journey, a journey in the love of God and fellowship of the community of faith. The good news is we do not have to go through years of training as airline pilots do. There is only the requirement to keep our focus on God. There is no need to check our bearings when our focus is on God. There is not need to give attention to the distractions around us when our focus is on God. We need only know and believe that as we keep our focus on God we will lead others faithfully in life’s journey into a deeper fellowship with each other and with God. That is our destination.