READ : Hebrews 11:19-25
Busy freeways are not my favorite route to travel. Heavy, fast-moving traffic and exit and entrance ramps and tollways make me very uptight. How do business commuters and truck drivers do it?
I wanted to visit my sister Marilyn in South Holland, Illinois. But that meant I would have to take the Chicago route. Eek all those ramps and tollways! How would I ever do it?
A couple of days before the trip, a bright blue envelope arrived in the mail. The return address was Marilyn’s. Inside were a series of notes. The top note read, “You are about to begin a most exciting journey. Enclosed are notes to read along the way. Don’t peek ahead of time.”
I read Marilyn’s first note at EXIT 30, and continued to read them every ten minutes. Messages like: “You can do it! Isn’t the scenery beautiful? Remember the Lord is with you even to Chicago.” Last but not least, a song (new lyrics written to a familiar tune)! I made it! with a little bit of help.
The writer of Hebrews knew that the early church’s hope for success depended on the members standing together. It was important to meet together regularly and to spur one another on. I challenge you to look for ways to encourage other believers in your church, your neighborhood, your family.
Lord, help me to seek opportunities to encourage others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.