God asks us to take journeys at various times. They may be actual physical trips and they may just be journeys of the heart. And sometimes they are both.
When their daughter Sarah died 11 months ago (read the blog about it here
), Dwight and Peggy Buller began a journey of the heart that has landed them at the site of their daughter’s car accident in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. To go back there is hard – it’s a trip into the unknown; one that has the potential to be poignant, heart-wrenching, and ultimately redemptive.
They are meeting people who knew and loved Sarah. They’re seeing the land that she embraced. And they’re going to a place in their own hearts of great and holy grief.
Of course it took courage. A journey of the heart always does. It took courage not to hide in their grief or let it congeal into bitterness. It took courage to ask God how he still wanted to use Sarah even though he had already asked them to pay the greatest price parents can pay. And it took courage to, along with Rachel, their daughter, get on that plane and travel to the place where she was taken from their lives.
Ultimately all of us are on a journey through life and at some point have to trust God as we travel to a place we never wanted to go. Jesus told Peter that before he left earth.* And of course, he himself showed us how to go on a journey that terrified him as he traveled to Golgotha – the place of his own horrific execution.
I pray that when my time and when your time comes, that we will have the courage that Dwight and Peggy are showing on a lonely and painful road in Port Elizabeth. I pray that our journey will be no less redemptive than theirs. I pray that God shows up in the midst of what may be anguish for you. And I pray that you pray, “though he slay me, yet will I trust him.”
You can do this thing. The Bullers are showing us that it is possible. If you’d like to pass on a message of encouragement, please do so below.
*John 21:19 “But when you are old, someone will lead you where you do not want to go.”