Based in Maryville, missouri a space for grace is a blog by baylee mather. Her posts encourage & equip women to seek god and find his goodness and grace each and every day.

Comfort or Longevity?

My husband and I enjoyed our very first Christmas as Mr. and Mrs. We created many sweet memories and started new traditions. As we traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma to visit my aunt and uncle, we couldn’t help but notice an awful sound coming from the back of our vehicle. We had our car packed full with bags, gifts, and a dog kennel, so we just figured the extra cargo was creating all the noise. But soon enough, we found ourselves standing in a dealership needing to purchase new tires. The tires we had on our car were made to travel over 40,000 miles before they needed to be replaced. However, after just 26,000 miles, our tired tires were done.

Luckily, my uncle was there to do all kinds of tire talk and figure out what the issue was. The sweet manager behind the counter patiently explained the issue and helped us sort out our options. He said something that stuck out to me amidst all the tire terminology and lingo: “Those tires you had, they were made for comfort instead of longevity.”

 

Comfort.

Longevity.

 

The longevity of a car’s tires depends on how the car is driven. Going up and down hard roads, hitting bumps along the way, tires are destined to give out quickly. Especially if the driver is determined to go their own way.

 

Comfort.

Longevity.

 

When I map out the most comfortable journey, I avoid the difficult route. I don’t want to deal with any surprise twists and turns. I want to be comfortable. But when I do hit a hard spot in the road, I realize my travel plans were all wrong. Instead of seeking comfort for my journey, I should have invited the Comforter to join me. Only He could have conditioned my heart for the long haul. Only He could have prepared me for the narrow, dusty road to my dreams.

 

Comfort.

Longevity.

 

Who is in the driver’s seat of your life? Are you conditioned for what is most comfortable or are you determined to take the journey of longevity? Release your white-knuckle grip on the steering wheel and allow God to map out your route.

 

Comfort.

Longevity.

 

“You make known to me the path of life, you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11) 

God will go before us, leading the way Himself. He is our guide, our map, the One in the driver’s seat. Having found our Guide, we can travel wherever He leads. Even if the road is long and bumpy, we are comforted by the fact that He is with us. There are many paths we can take that appear easy and enjoyable. However, choose the Highway, the path that ends in salvation, not destruction. We can discern the direction to go by pressing in closer to Him when difficult circumstances tempt us to drive away.

 

Comfort.

Longevity.

 

Our reality cannot be our only mentality. God is taking us to so much more. We can be expectant of the surprises ahead when we are equipped for the long haul. The places might not be pleasant, easy, or comfortable. But we can count on being filled with increasing joy for the duration of our journey, with our eyes fixed on Him.

 

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