Sunday, April 3, 2016

Whatever It Takes

According to my mother,  the Swedish blood coursing through my veins, provided me with an  “I can do this!” attitude.  I prefer to believe it was an attribute God gave me to help me withstand the many challenges of life.  There was that time in college I went into my final exam with a failing grade, in a required course no less.  I hunkered down, spent an entire weekend in study mode and pulled it out of the barrel.

Throughout life there have been a whole host of opportunities to have my “stick-to-it-iv-ness” tested but my most current challenge relates to two of my grandchildren.  They live way across the country!  So, that determined attitude kicked in (thanks to my Swedish heritage?) and I decided this is one grandmother who will not be deterred from spending time with her precious family.  (By the way, I DO praise God for His provision!) Granted, it cannot be a weekly time together but I am determined it will be somewhat regular.  I have often said I would walk over hot coals to be with this family as they are so incredibly dear to me. Whatever it takes.

Today has been a test of that determination.  As I write this, I am whizzing through the “friendly skies”, at least 2000 feet above the earth, crammed into a tiny seat.  What it takes to get to my son and his family (and I have not yet arrived at my destination!) is an adventure of its own.

Because this particular trip will include another destination before heading home, I booked a slew of separate tickets. Instead of taking my familiar cross country trip (beginning at my home airport in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, through Detroit, connecting with another major airport taking me to Portland, OR) I am traveling in unfamiliar territory.  I even had to change airlines mid stream.

Get ready…here is my list of transportation modes:  car, moving sidewalks, multiple escalators, tram, airport shuttle, and 3 different airplanes.  I traveled east (even though I want to land on the west coast) from my hometown airport so I could fly coast to coast.  Early in the flight the pilot came on the intercom to describe our route which includes flying over Green Bay, WI.  Seems strange that if I had driven 2 hours from my home I could have flown out of the Green Bay airport…but that would have meant a different set of challenges. (sigh)

Crazy!  Who would ever think family love could produce such adventure?  Whatever it takes.

Of course, that got me to thinking.  God is my heavenly Father; Jesus is my Savior; I am part of the family of God because of my relationship with His Son, Jesus; I am the bride of Christ; sounds like I am part of a family even greater than my earthly family!  Do I put the same effort into spending time with my Lord and Savior?  Or because it is so easy to connect with God (through prayer, Bible study, worship, Christian fellowship), do I just take that whole relationship for granted?

Jesus longs to have a relationship with us but, just as we work hard to spend time with our loved ones, we must do the same with Jesus.  I don’t have to take multiple airplanes, shuttle, tram, etc. to enjoy time with Jesus but I do need to expend some effort to develop and nurture my friendship with Him.  I will confess, there are days when I take great comfort in knowing I am HIS, but somehow the day ends without my spending real  time with HIM.

What about being in His Word daily?  I choose to be in a group Bible study for many reasons; one important one is the accountability it provides. In the summer, when I don’t have a formal study, I must find a way to stay focused daily on His Word.

(Moving forward a couple of days), I actually did arrive…exhausted from the journey…but so excited to be greeted, first by my amazing son at the airport (a sight for sore eyes), then by Henry (age 6) as we pulled into their driveway.  Soon my very dear daughter-in-law\love came down the stairs with little Gus (almost 2) who had to make sure this was the Nana he hadn’t seen in over 3 months.  Those loving arms and squeals of delight made that long, somewhat stressful and definitely uncomfortable trip worth it.  Whatever it takes.

Jesus says, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.  (Matthew 11:28)  I certainly have literally enjoyed that rest since completing that long journey.  As for our relationship with our Creator, John 3:16 pretty much sums up how God gave His all to be in relationship with with us.

Whatever it takes!.”  I want to live that out, not only in my close earthly relationships, but most
importantly, in my relationship with Jesus.  What about you?


  1. The love between grandparents and grandchildren is truly grand. When our older grandchildren lived in FL, we made the commitment to drive down at least every 4-5 weeks, especially while they were little. We didn't want to be long-distance grandparents, either! Praise God, we could drive and didn't have the expense or aggravation of flying, but it was still a big commitment, nonetheless.

    I applaud you for making your grandkids a priority. I know their lives will be blessed because of your faithfulness!

  2. Vonda, I have just returned from this trip (and am full of ideas for blog posts!) and want to take a moment to thank you. Grandchildren ARE a total blessing from the Lord. I had some very special time with my sweet 6 year old grandson in terms of sharing Jesus. Am one tired, but thankful grandmother.