Yesterday we left our home in San Cristóbal to visit one of the ministries we work with in Guatemala City. Traffic is a real issue here. Our goings and comings always take into consideration the time of day and what is the traffic going to be like. While on the Carretera al Atlántico, the traffic was bumper to bumper with no signs of improving. I remember thinking, is it really worth all of this? Sitting in traffic, wasting time, and not accomplishing anything. I even thought, maybe we should just turn around because it surely could not be worth all of the inconvenience.
Today, as I reflect on the meeting we enjoyed with Pastor Giuseppi Teruel discussing possible ministry opportunities with his ministry, it becomes clear that there was a real temptation to quit and turn around. There is a tendency to believe when we ask for God’s guidance and protection as He goes before us in our daily lives that this means there will be no difficulties or delays.
Conventional wisdom would conclude that if there are any inconveniences God must not have ordained the path. As Christians we should recognize this logic does not reconcile to reality or the lives of the saints who lived before us. Scripture tells us in Isaiah 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.”
Obviously, we did not pass through rivers and fire on our way to visit Pastor Giuseppi yesterday, but we can find great comfort in knowing we have a Heavenly Father who is with us every step of the way regardless of what situation we may encounter. Even in the little inconveniences of life such as traffic, we can trust He is in control.