Road trips provide a chance to encounter scenarios and situations you wouldn’t normally.
For instance, the threat of tsunami’s.
In life, we can have a tendency to get comfortable, to get complacent, and ease into an out of sight, out of mind life.
Everywhere or anywhere you are, has its own unique situations. If you live by a coast – tsunamis; if you are near any body of water – floods; if you’re in California – earthquakes, fires, and droughts; if you’re on the East Coast – hurricanes. If you’re in Oklahoma – tornadoes; if you’re in Texas – belt buckles.
Dangerous situations and scenarios are constantly around us, but we tend to get complacent. We keep the dangerous reality out of mind, unless you happen to be an Enneagram 6 (then you become the disaster prepper with a bunker of goods for the Y2K threat).
Danger lurks around every corner – it’s true. We are always one phone call away from something that will rock and change our world forever. It’s always just one call away.
Thankfully, most of the time, these situations are out of sight, out of mind. Until something hits close to home and opens your eyes.
Or, until you’re on a road trip and encounter a ‘Tsunami Evacuation Route’ sign.
As a follower of Jesus, I have to remember I have a God who came to us, who chose to be us, who decided to face the same life problems that we do on a daily basis. I have to remember that Jesus knows fear; Jesus knows about trusting in God even when the world around us is scary, changing, and dangerous.
God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in seastorm and earthquake. Before the rush and roars of ocean, the tremors that shift mountains.
Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, God-of-Angel-Armies protect us.