TangleRidge golf course opened right before Christmas. I decided to surprise my husband, Jim, with a round of golf, but TangleRidge didn’t yet have a way to set up the gift by phone. I had to drive there to purchase it. So, I left work early to pick up the gift and still arrive home as usual without Jim suspecting anything.
Since this was before Garmin or TomTom, I relied on MapQuest and my out-of-date Mapsco to steer my way. I drove along Highway 67 until I noticed only farmland and cows dotted the roadside. Certain I missed the exit, I turned around and drove in the opposite direction. Still no exit. After three times up and down the highway, I tossed in the towel and swore I’d find a different gift not so hard to locate.
Half way home, frustration gave way to stubborn persistence. I eased over to the shoulder of the road, pulled out my cell phone, and punched in the phone number to the golf course.
“Here’s where I am, but where are you?” I asked.
“I don’t know where you are, but I promise, our exit is on the right as you go south,” the man insisted.
I turned around for the fourth time and headed south. Sure enough, the exit appeared two miles beyond the furthest point I reached previously … just like the man promised.
God said, “I promise. Don’t give up. Keep going.”
Jacob fled from his home in Beersheba and set out for Haran after cheating his brother out of a birthright. As he slept for the night, God came to Jacob in a dream and said, “Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go…; for I will never leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Genesis 28:15, NIV) Generations later, God made the same promise to the Israelites who wanted to give up, turn back to slavery and forego the Promised Land whenever the going got rough in the desert.
Throughout His Word, God’s promises, “Don’t give up. Keep going. I’ll never leave you until I’ve done what I promised you.” Consider that thought this Advent season as we celebrate the birthday of our Savior and look forward with expectancy to His Second Coming. Who knows? It might be coming up within the next two miles of our journey.
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8, NIV)
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