by Kevin Budge

Carol and I moved to Maleny at the start of the year and we love it. Sort of like “Escape to the Country”. What I found though is that because I drive along the range from Maleny to Montville and down through Palmwoods to get to and from work, I seem to be constantly held up behind tourists who are driving at a pace where they can take in all the sights.

So frustrating, if you let it get to you. I discovered, quite by accident, that the difference in driving straight through and driving behind a tourist is only a few minutes for the whole journey.

I decided God was teaching me something, so I started to look around as I drove and was in awe of the beauty and diversity of this great region. I have learnt to enjoy the journey.

In Philippians 4:11-13 Paul writes, 

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned to the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Whether driving at normal pace or stuck behind a tourist and forced to drive slowly). I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”

We can be content in whatever situation we are in. Content means satisfied, peaceful happiness, pleased.

When we are striving for a goal, pushing forward to achieve, or just in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, our soul (mind, will and emotions) can get wound up. God wants us to sit back, relax, take a look around and enjoy the journey.

Find a place where you can just sit and take a look at the world around you.

Enjoy the journey.

Paul went on to say in Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” 

Prayer: Lord, things are getting the better of me, strengthen me so I can keep moving forward and enjoy the journey. 

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