As I was driving early this one morning, continuing in prayer, the Spirit asked me "can you feel that?" And in a few seconds I replied yes the road is a bit Bumpy. It was at this point that He revealed to me that there are a few reasons why one feels the road is bumpy while on a journey. The two major reasons being either the state of the car or the state of the road.
Now if we liken the car unto the Christian, and the road unto this journey of life, then one can begin to discover small principles that lead to a safe and turbulent-free journey. Starting with the car.
A car runs on fuel, and needs refuelling often. The more people you carry in your car, the heavier it is, the more fuel it consumes. The more sheep one is shepherding, the more one needs to be connected to the source of the fuel which is the word of God. For in the beginning the word was with God, and the word was God. According to 1 Peter 2:2 the word of God is like milk to our souls, in Matthew 4:4 the word of God is bread unto our bodies. Today's harvesters need to be continually replenished and refuelled by the word of God.
The second aspect of a smooth journey depends largely on a car's wheel alignment. Today's Christians need to have direction and alignment towards the things, plans, mission and leading of the Holy Ghost. Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you... Acts 2:17 and it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh: your sons and daughters shall prophecy, your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
The Holy Spirit will be like the alignment for the children of God. They will be able to read clearly the signs on the journey, be it warning signs etc. By now I'm sure the Spirit is talking to you about making sure the car is serviced at regular intervals and that it must be serviced at the original dealership. Christians need to attend conferences and be updated, renewed and encouraged to keep going smoothly, but watch where you get your service from for not all who shout his name are known to Him.
When the children of God have done all they can do to ensure that their cars are running smoothly, the Lord reminds us that sometimes we need to drive on gravel roads and over potholes to reach our destinations. 1 Peter 5:10 ESV "And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you." James 1:12 paraphrased says Blessed is the harvester who remains steadfast under trial or when the road is bumpy, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
My Peace I give you - Shalom