Traveling Mercies

You might start your journey in the southwest United States in a dusty town called Why, Arizona. Heading cross-country would take you through Uncertain, Texas. Bearing northeast, you’d make a rest stop in Dismal, Tennessee. Ultimately, you’d reach your destination—Panic, Pennsylvania. These are real places across the landscape of America, though not likely a trip you’d ever choose to take.

Sometimes this is exactly what the journey of life feels like. We easily identify with the Israelites’ tough life in the wilderness (Deuteronomy 2:7)—life can be hard. But do we see the other parallels? We create our own itinerary, turning from God’s way (1:42–43). Like the Israelites, we often grumble about getting our needs met (Numbers 14:2). In our daily fretting, we likewise doubt God’s purposes (v. 11). The story of the Israelites is repeated over and over in our own.

God assures us that if we follow His path, He’ll deliver us into a far better place than Dismal. He’ll provide and we’ll lack nothing we really need (Deuteronomy 2:7; Philippians 4:19). Yet as much as we already know this, we often fail to do it. We need to follow God’s roadmap.

It’s a bit more of a drive, but another six hours by car would take you from the town of Panic to the place known as Assurance, West Virginia. If we let God direct our paths (Psalm 119:35), we’ll journey in joy with Him at the wheel—blessed assurance indeed!

Reflect: What are some of the ways you’ve followed your own roadmap instead of God’s? What have you been fretting about?

Pray: Faithful God, help me rest in the assurance of Your direction.

Published by 5thgenerationgirl

Tammy Wynette is a mother of three and a “G-MA” (grandma). Born in Warren, Arkansas, she currently resides in Sacramento, CA and is pursuing an AA degree in English at American River College, with plans to transfer to California State University, Sacramento (Sac State). She is an active leader and role model in her community, she works with teens sharing and teaching poetry, as well as providing insight for young parents to prosper. She has certificate from NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness) and is a trailblazer & Griot, keeper of stories/traditions passed down from her ancestors. As an Author and motivational speaker it’d be an honor to present at your events to inspire, encourage & let our VOICES be heard! She has short stories and poems published in Our Black Mothers Brave, Bold and Beautiful!

39 thoughts on “Traveling Mercies

  1. I love it!! This is so creative and true. If we stay on the path of loving kindness, spiritual wellbeing will deliver us to a place of peace and contentment. Indeed a challenge to do! But worthwhile. Lovely post, thanks for sharing!

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    1. It seems like lately anytime there’s a worry or concern, the answer has been in my Daily Bread which I share with my children each morning to help get them through their day.
      Sometimes when I can’t think of the right words to comfort them, this does it for me & I thought it was worth sharing with everyone 🥰

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      1. It’s called “Our Daily Bread”, a tiny book of daily devotionals that I start my day off with as a coping skill . It’s helps me to stay positive, motivated and keep a great attitude regardless of what I face throughout the day. They send them to me free in the mail. I’ve been reading them for over 15 years now.

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  2. Thanks Tammy. The way I read your post is as a good reminder that during the most trying periods that life throws at us, if we have and keep the faith, it will be ok.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks, I found it just in time as I was struggling with finding words to help encourage my daughter. This was the perfect message to share with her. Great back up for a single mom, lol. Have a great day my dear!

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