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Are We There Yet?
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No! No! No!” my father yelled in exasperation at the top of his lungs. “We’re not there yet! I’ll let you know when we’re there! Now, please stop asking me every 10 minutes!”

My family and I were on our way from Florida to Atlanta—specifically, Stone Mountain. The five of us were traveling in our Volkswagen Bus. My brothers and I called it the “Mystery Machine,” from the cartoon show Scooby-Doo. (My father wasn’t amused.)

We had a blast! We spent several days in Atlanta and thoroughly explored Stone Mountain. Come to think of it, although we complained all the way up there, my mom made a habit of finding interesting things along the way for us to see and do. She would read entire books to us (I don’t know how she didn’t get carsick), she would tell us stories about her childhood or dating our father, and she always made sure she had little games and activities for us to do in the car.

So Focused on Destination

We were so focused on getting to our destination that we didn’t really see the actual getting there as part of the fun, even though my mother went to a lot of trouble to keep three boys under the age of 12 happy, contented, and busy.

You know, life is a lot like that. We can get completely focused on the fact that when we get to heaven, things will be perfect, and we won’t have any more problems. We want God to get it done right now! But God promises never to leave us or forsake us—ever. He promises to give us peace, power, purpose, and, most important, His presence. If we have God’s presence with us, then we can indeed have heaven right here on earth.

God reminds you and me that this life can be an incredible adventure and that if we have God, we don’t need to be impatient, anxious, or worried, because we know that God will give us everything we need.

Now, if only my kids could learn this lesson when we travel to Walmart!

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