When the Journey is Far From Easy

I’m always a little late in the game. This is pretty standard for my life. Late for work. Late for events. Late for life. And I’m always funny—just five minutes late. Which means I’m not really funny at all.

About a week ago, my husband and I finished watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy. For the first time. See? Late. Like over 10 years late.

I am no Tolkien expert. But as my husband and I watched the movies, I was struck most by Frodo Baggins, the brave little hobbit, and his transformation across the films.

His story begins when the great wizard, Gandalf, sends him on a perilous quest. Frodo’s life isn’t guaranteed, but he accepts the journey.

Gandalf’s task for the hobbit takes its toll.

By the end, both the movies and the books depict a Frodo that is beaten and bloodied by the path his life takes. He is not defeated, but he is crushed.

In this life we may not be called to save Middle Earth, but we all have a journey God calls us too.

And in that journey? God never promises the easy.

In fact, there are times when we say yes to His journey, and we find ourselves tossed and squeezed, beaten and bloodied.

This year our sweet Ella-girl began a new school. She breathed deep and walked in brave without knowing anyone in her grade.

In the weeks leading to our girl’s new life we talked. A lot.

Prince Charming and I knew the school was exactly where God wanted her. But I had to look into her scared, doe-eyes and tell her God’s call didn’t promise amazing. He didn’t promise popularity. He didn’t promise comfort. He didn’t promise countless new friends.

We were asking our daughter to walk a difficult road because we knew it was the road God laid before her. My momma heart ached at the possible realities a new school could bring my baby girl.

We often face a difficult road ahead.

We can be called to a journey of trials and struggles.

We sometimes say yes to a God-journey that doesn’t turn out all sunshine and roses.

There are those who tell us if we say yes to God, give Him our everything, life will be perfect, without struggles or painBut I don’t know a person in the Bible who walked a road of ease and comfort. And I don’t know a person today without battles.

God never promises easy.

Maybe your job isn’t a dream. Maybe you battle poverty on the mission field. Maybe you’re raising a child with special needs. Maybe you love Jesus with you’re entire being, and life is just hard.

God never promises easy.

But.

He promises Life.

A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:10-11

He promises His presence.

Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

He promises Hope.

We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed.”
2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Following the God-plan for our lives can be messy. It can be difficult.

But it’s also beautiful.

Like Frodo, we can become part of a story greater than ourselves—a God-story pulling together our stained-glass lives into a patchwork masterpiece.

So keep hiking your journey, brave momma.

Let’s hold hands and walk together through our hard God-callings.

We will be stronger, we will be wiser, we will be braver.

The road is ahead.

fix-you (2)Linking up with the beautiful Suzie Eller today and #livefreeThursday. Join us over on her beautiful blog for more words of encouragement. Today’s blog: There’s a Fixer Who Lives Inside of Me

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6 Responses to When the Journey is Far From Easy

  1. Jackie says:

    Precious Heather: you are so wise: your words are very needed!!

  2. Tara Boling says:

    Thank you for your encouraging and beautiful words. I am thankful the Holy Spirit uses you to minister to our hearts.

  3. Your calling is to cheer, encourage, and brace up the troops. As you lead the march, you share your vulnerabilities and apprehensions, but hold the banner high and steady. God blesses your gifts.

  4. hjtfranz says:

    Beautifully written… and, relatable. I hope Ella enjoys her new journey!

  5. Val says:

    Thank you. I recently went back to teaching after being home with my kids for five years and it has been a tough start… Being reminded that Gods call was never promised to be easy but the hope and promise we have in Jesus is far far better than any earthly discomfort. Thank you for the reminder and the encouragement.

  6. Susan B Mead says:

    What a beautiful analogy! We are next door neighbors at Suzie Eller’s LiveFree linkup today. And I will add a prayer for your daughter that new friends are found and made quickly. Hugs. Susan

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