Reflection from the Heart of Allan Redenius
Once upon a time, Armona and I were traveling with another couple. We were in two cars so it was “follow the leader” from origin to destination.
We were in uncharted terrain. That means we haven’t been there before. You know the place, “50 miles to the next gas station” kind of place.
Now seeing that sign should be your first clue to look at your gas gauge. At least that kind of thinking makes sense to me. I look at the gas gauge and see that we have plenty of gas. At this point, the leader zooms on by the last gas station for the next fifty miles. At about forty miles to go, the leader brakes hard and makes a sudden right, down this curvy road, overgrown with trees and brush scraping the side of the car. (This is Armona---Pastor is REALLY exaggerating but it does give the story flare 😊) After a few miles, a town comes into view. Picture this. A century old town with falling down buildings, gravel streets, yep…a place that makes you feel like you are definitely not in the right spot.
The leader stops in the middle of the street. We pull up beside the leader and ask, somewhat with a tone of bewilderment, “What are we doing here?” “Looking for gas,” came the sheepish reply. “Well, for sure there won’t be any here—nobody lives here,” we answered.
Back to the main highway with forty miles to go. “Oh look, there’s a Phillips 66 station!” We pull in and guess what. It’s closed. The journey continues as I thought to myself, “I can’t wait until tomorrow.” By then I will know if the leader had enough gas. By God’s grace and with a fume or two to spare—we made it. (Actually, he had 71 miles of gasoline left in his tank---but all of this really does add suspense to my story!) 😊
However, speaking of “leader and follower”---if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you will always be “filled” with His everlasting love and peace! He will bring you safely home!
Blessings and love,
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Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.