The K’s are leaving today for this weekend’s trip. I will be going down this afternoon to Rehoboth to pick Aaron up so he can come home. We have a few more trips planned this summer. Aaron is hoping to schedule a trip to Naples this summer still. The McAbees just returned home from Italy on Tuesday. That is a LOT of traveling-both by plane and by car. We try to make it a habit to pray for God’s protection before we travel and for friends and family who are traveling, don’t we?
I know we are thankful when safe arrivals are made. Have you ever wondered if this is “biblical”? Is “safe travels” something we should be praying for or that was done in the Bible? It is kind of like saying “grace” before we eat-we all do it, but have you ever wondered why and if we really should?
Apparently, yes, we should and we can pray for this. Ezra did as we see above. He and the people he was leading had to make a dangerous journey to return to Jerusalem. They were not worried about plane crashes or car accidents, but the dangers were just as real. They were in danger of robbers and thieves along the way-and they were going by foot with women and children in tow. He had reason to pray for protection-it was truly a life and death issue. So he prayed. Ezra in fact asked all the people to fast and pray and seek from God a “safe journey”. God granted that request with a yes, and they did all arrive safely.
Simple application for today? Keep praying when we go on trips. Pray for safe travel mercies for friends on trips-like Kate as she is traveling abroad now, and us as we leave soon for another short trip. We can be asking God to grant us a safe journey just as Ezra did in his day. Thank God when He answers our prayers for safe travels and grants us that safety. In fact, any trip we take and all that we are able to do on those trips are gifts from God. We don’t have to look too far to realize we certainly could not have orchestrated a weekend like this past one on our own, or even the blessings of the NYC trip last December with friends. Both were clearly opportunities and gifts from God the way I see them! May we always see these things as God’s love and blessings handed down to us that we don’t necessarily deserve, but He has chosen to give us any way. In the end, may our travels and family fun times only cause us to love Him more and give Him the glory for all of it.