Nothing brings a family together in close-knit unity like a cross-country road trip, does it? There’s nothing quite like spending hours on end in the car with constant exclamations of “Are we there yet?” and “I need to go potty!” Road trips can test the limits of the most patient among us. Imagine a 250-mile road trip … on foot.
The Book of Exodus in the Old Testament shares the account of the Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt to the land that God had given them – the Promised Land – the land of Canaan. Can you imagine an entire nation of people walking down I-95 the 250 miles from Richmond to South of the Border? That was the task before Moses and the Israelites those many years ago. If you remember, though, it ended up being a much longer journey for God’s people. Their disobedience and rebellion caused a journey that should have lasted about two weeks to last 40 years. Talk about a road trip! I wonder how many times Moses was asked, “Are we there yet?”
This summer, the Fairmount family is going to take a road trip through the Book of Exodus. Each summer we take one book of the Bible and travel through it together. If you are on vacation or away one Sunday, you’ll be able to keep up with us as we study this fascinating text together. In its pages we will discover what makes us one as a church body – what brings unity to the church. Some lessons will be gleaned from the positive things that Moses and the Israelites did – some will be gleaned from their many mistakes.
As we continue on our road trip to eternity, traveling it with brothers and sisters in Christ can sometimes be exasperating. But, when we travel in unity, the journey is much more gratifying and much more productive. At the conclusion of a long road trip is a destination that is well worth it - whether it’s a road trip to Disney or the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls. We are on a road trip to the Promised Land – heaven – our eternity with God. Are we there yet? Nope. But we will be soon. Let’s enjoy this trip together!