My Time Traveling Friend

Yesterday, while traveling down the highway with my husband and son, I saw a back-up in the traffic heading the opposite direction.   It was at a bumper to bumper stand still for what must have stretched on for 5 miles.

Every time I pass traffic jams such as this on the road, I like to take notice of the point when the traffic begins to move normally again.   I always feel bad for the unsuspecting travelers who have no idea that just around the corner their journey is about to change abruptly.  I want to scream out to them.  Take that exit!  Get off this road now!

As I thought about this, I thought about my blogging and twitter friend Tracy who lives in South Africa. Her day is 6 hours ahead of mine here in North Carolina.  Not too long ago, I jokingly asked her what kind of day Monday was shaping out to be.  Was it going to be a good day…or should I just go back to bed?  She assured me that the day was going to be okay!

So, I poured myself another cup of coffee and breathed a sigh of relief. 😉

But seriously, wouldn’t it be nice to have the ability to do this on our journey through life?  Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone who has already seen the road ahead who could assure us that everything was going to turn out okay?

But, so often, we can’t tell if the road ahead is going to be smooth or full of delays and hardships.

A time traveling friend does not exist.

Or does one?

The more I thought about this, the more I realized that Christ is my time traveling friend.  He is the one who has gone before me on this road through life and knows which roads I should avoid.  He also knows which roads are going to be rough… yet necessary for me to travel down in order to reach the desired destination. 

He knows. 

And, He promises that if we invite Him to take the road trip with us then we will, one day, make it safely home where we belong.

14 thoughts on “My Time Traveling Friend

  1. Debi

    Oh wowie I’m the first. sweet. As I read this and you mentioned wishing we had a time travel friend I immediately thought of Jesus. Then saw you were referring to him as well. But there are others as well. Like Sarah and Abraham ( at least were my time traveling friends) who showed me before I got to a situation in my life – that road of the unknown- that lying is not only bad for me- which I knew but also would cause someone else to sin because of info that would have been given – had I done what my employer wanted me to do. I point blank said I wont lie for you. Even when she asked me to I felt the hair on the bad on my neck stand up screaming “warning; deep waters ahead” .

    Eventually this constant lying to make a buck resulted in the loss of a great job. I walked away they didn’t fire me.

    I love all the time traveling friends in my life.

    Thanks for this reminder.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Oh, excellent observation Debi! You are right, we do have people in our lives and also people in scripture (their example) who help keep us heading in the right direction too. That’s for sure!

  2. Lisa

    Great encouragement, Eileen!!! We are never walking alone when we have Jesus by our side. And we may not know what lies ahead on this road of life, but we can be sure that He does.

    Many blessings!

  3. bill (cycleguy)

    My favorite movie of all time is Back to the Future. To be able to go back and tell myself, “don’t even start with that” would save me a lot of headaches. To go ahead to see what I could have done differently would be cool also. but like you said, we can’t do that. So live each day for Him and for the fame of His Name and there will be nothing to worry about. 🙂

  4. Tracy

    Hi Eileen, its quite funny because i had shared a Garfield pic on facebook with him hanging by his nails with the caption something along the lines of “hang in there – its nearly weekend” and then a friend of mine in New Zealand facebooked me to tell me not to worry, Friday was great! Then you twittered the Monday 🙂
    So grateful that God knows what is happening tomorrow and we need not worry about it. its about trusting the One who knows our future.. Great post Eileen
    God bless

    1. Eileen Post author

      Haha! That’s great, Tracy! Sure is nice having all these friends out there letting us know that things are gonna be okay. 🙂

  5. Kandi


    Amen Eileen!! The bible tells us not to be afraid, because Jesus has gone ahead of us, he already knows.

    By the way I stopped over at Tracy’s blog and I could help but ask what kind of a day Tuesday was shaping up to be. I’ll let you know what she says. :).


  6. Jenifer

    Oh Eileen, I LOVE this! Wouldn’t it be so much easier if we had that someone telling us, exit now! But God promises to be by our side the entire way. EXCELLENT post!

  7. Luke

    God knows… but He won’t tell me what going to happen, so I’d rather think of Him as that guy who loves to throw everyone surprise parties.

  8. Debbie Moody

    I just read this Eileen, and it truly touched my heart. I soooo need to remember this when I am having “one of those days” filled with uncertainties and doubt. God is in my life every minute of everyday….I need to hold steadfast to the plan He has laid out for me and quit trying to worry over things I have no control over! Thank you for this reminder.


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