Starting A New Journey

My wife is on a new kick: She wants to go on a family vacation to the Grand Canyon. Now when she says “family vacation,” she’s talking about an old-fashioned road trip in a minivan. Actually, she’d like it better if it were a 1972 station wagon with wood paneling and no air conditioning.

But I digress.

We’re talking three days on the road…each way. Apparently, my wife believes long hours of monotony in a cramped space with children somehow equals “vacation.” She says getting there is half the fun, and the journey is more important than the destination. You get the idea.

When I mention all the things about this trip that could be potentially miserable, my wife doesn’t see problems. She actually gets excited about what she calls the “hard parts.” She wants to prohibit us from taking the quick route. That’s right: She prefers the long, endless journey and endless games of I Spy. She may find the idea nostalgic, but I find it torturous. Thanks, but no thanks.

My plan would be to get on a plane, arrive in a few hours, stand atop the canyon, snap some pictures, make sure our kids notice there’s a big hole in the ground, and then hit the hotel pool for the rest of the trip. Now that’s vacation!

In my saner moments, I know my wife is right. She wants our kids to have a shared experience with us. For Cindy, seeing the Grand Canyon is fine, but the trip itself is what holds the promise of shaping our family.

As I’ve come around to her way of thinking I realize that’s exactly the truth of what we are starting as a church this Sunday, February 25 when we begin our new series called “Uncharted.”

But this is so much more than a sermon series.  This is an opportunity to take the first step into the next chapter of our journey as a church.  This will be a season that defines the coming years of our life together and will invite God to shape each and every one of us.

So here’s the deal… I don’t want play “I Spy” without you in the station wagon.  I don’t want you to miss out on the journey.  So, mark your calendar and allow yourself the permission to go on the journey.  To not rush to the destination, but to join your traveling companions for a journey that will shape our story for years to come.

If there were every five weeks in a row that you were going to be at church… make it the next five!

Scott Pontier


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