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Frank On May - 9 - 2013

3624422354_86d6e3b199Forget the destination.  If you were told that you were heading out on a “road trip,” what would you bring along?  Ahead of you, a ribbon of black asphalt extends toward the horizon.  You can feel the hum of the tires and watch the white centerline flashing as you peek into the rearview mirror.  As the driver, you have plenty on your mind: obeying road signs, checking your gauges, watching for the next rest stop, reading bumper stickers on the car ahead of you, officiating disputes from the back seat and continually recalculating the answer to “how long until we get there?”

For passengers, the world of the road trip has evolved over the past few years.  Growing up I can remember the grueling road trip from Indiana to Florida and packing a bag just for the journey.  As the miles rolled on, there was only so much for a kid to do.  You could count the birdhouses and barns beckoning travelers to “See Rock City.”  (seerockcity.com) But, that only lasted until the Georgia border.  Then, there were the traditional staples: “I-spy” puzzles, singing, comic books and travel Yahtzee.  You could also incessantly ask “How much longer until we get there?” or “Can we stop at a hotel with a pool?” then watch your parents’ reaction.  (By the way, this particular game is far more fun as a kid than a parent.)

Today, like every other part of our lives, technology has dramatically changed the modern road trip and how we pack for it.  “Did you remember to bring extra film for the camera?”  Not anymore, cameras now have memory cards the size of the National Debt.  What about games?  No problem, just download them to your iPad/Phone/Pod.  While you are at it, bring along every book on the New York Bestseller list, eight seasons of your favorite sitcom, the entire internet and every movie Frank has mentioned in a sermon.

Today, as the odometer spins with each passing mile, the truck is mostly silent, except for the sound of fingers tapping rapidly on a glass screen.   Instead of wondering, “Are we there yet?” a question comes from the back seat asking, “Do I have enough time to finish my movie before we get there?”  The road passes by unnoticed, the trip has become quiet and the only purpose is the destination.

I am not sure if I am complaining or not.  The journey is simpler and perhaps more peaceful today.  However, I also wonder how much is missed when we ignore the journey itself.  What can we learn from our experiences, conversations and observations “on the road?”

This summer, we will spend our Sunday mornings embarking on a “Road Trip” as we explore the journey of the Israelites from Egypt.  Invite your friends and neighbors to join you as we investigate what Moses has to say about our journeys.  After forty years “on the road,” he should have some great advice!

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