Sunday, June 29, 2014

Going For A Ride

When I was a kid I had a friend that told me about the morning her parents shook her awake on a school day announcing a surprise. She didn't have to go to school that day. They were going on a trip! She jumped out of bed, got dressed, ate breakfast and piled her things into the car with great excitement. After getting all settled in, her parents STILL wouldn't tell her where they were going. All she knew was that she was going for a ride and she was going to LOVE IT. With every insistent "how much further, Daddy" that she giggled, the destination remained a secret. With every guess of where they were going, her Dad responded with the usual Dad clich├ęs, "You'll see when we get there,"  "My lips are sealed" and "Uh, I think it's time we play the quiet game, now."

She never once asked, "Do you have enough gas, Daddy?"  "Did you bring enough money?" She was never in the slightest bit worried about her Dad's ability to think of the details. Therefore, she never felt the need to know those details. She never worried and the journey still turned out to be exceptional. The journey, the destination and the anticipation was meant to be thrilling. Her parents planned the whole exciting package with the intention of making memories.

This story has always reminded me of how our Lord likes to see us thrilled with his adventures. His adventures are our adventures. We do not, will not, know where he is taking us. He invites us and we can go if we want.  Who wouldn't want to go, anyway!  He drives the car and we can pester him with quirky questions. It can't get better than that.

BTW, my friend's surprise was the amusement park with extended family members. I was very jealous.  :-)