God said, "My presence will go with you. I'll see the journey to the end." Exodus 33:14 (MSG)
Maps. My wife loves maps. Wendy and I traveled last week and I was, once more, struck by the difference between us when it comes to travel. It's not that I don't look at the map. I look, but I get a general course of direction and go. Wendy studies the map before we leave. She meditates on the possible courses we could take and contemplates the best way to get where we're going. She looks at the GPS and calculates the route. Then, as we drive, she anticipates what lies ahead, where we have to turn, how far we have to go to the next way point, and if the chosen route continues to look like the best choice.
I thought of that as I read about Moses pushing God saying, "You tell me, 'I know you well and you are special to me.' If I am so special to you, let me in on your plans." What are the plans God? Where are we going? Where are you leading us? What road are we taking? How long until we get there? What do I need for the journey? Can you please give me a map?
Whether we're looking for a general idea of the direction or a detailed GPS navigational map of the trip, I think Moses echoes our own heart's cry at regular intervals along the journey. We're constantly grasping at a peek of what is coming up around the bend.
Yet, God responded to Moses' demand with a simple promise of His presence. He will be present with us. He will be faithful. He will see us to the journey's end. We may not have been given a map, but if we'll simply follow directions and keep up, we can trust our Guide to see us through to the end.