I Have Been a Traveler

Today’s Journey Through the Bible Readings
Genesis 46-48, Matthew 13:1-30


Joseph brought his father Jacob and gave him an audience with Pharaoh. Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How old are you?”

 Jacob said to Pharaoh, “I’ve been a traveler for 130 years. My years have been few and difficult. They don’t come close to the years my ancestors lived during their travels.” 10 Jacob blessed Pharaoh and left Pharaoh’s presence. 11 Joseph settled his father and brothers and gave them property in the land of Egypt, in the best location in the land of Rameses, just as Pharaoh had ordered. 12 Joseph provided food for his father, his brothers, and his father’s entire household, in proportion to the number of children (Genesis 47:9-12, Common English Bible).

Jacob answered Pharaoh’s question, “How old are you?” by saying, “I’ve been a traveler for 130 years…” I love Jacob’s answer to this question. “I have been a traveler…”

Jacob could have answered the question, in the same way, many of us would answer when asked the same question, “I am 130 years old.” Of course, our numbers would be much different as far as years than for Jacob. Still, our answer would likely take on the same form.

Jacob’s answer would imply that life is more than the number of birthdays that have passed us by. Instead, life is a journey. We begin in one place and we travel through the stages of life. We see the sites, the events that life brings our way. Just as when we travel, there are good sites, sites we enjoy, and there are some things we see that don’t quite measure up.

When I was in the Navy I saw a fair number of sites in Europe. I loved Portsmouth England. Seeing the old sailing vessel, H.M.S. Victory was a treat for me. I wasn’t as crazy about Hamburg German. I loved Copenhagen and many of its sites. I didn’t think as highly of Cherbourg France. I truly enjoyed Scotland but Dublin (it was during the days of the IRA) didn’t hold the same appeal.

The journey of life is much the same. The birth of a child is a wonderful stop on the journey. The death of a loved one, not so much. Graduation from college is a real highlight of the trip. Losing a job falls short of the goal. The list could be endless.

Just as Jacob sees a human life as a journey, the life of faith is even more so. This life in faith is filled with twists and turns. Along the way, we encounter new and different people that bless us along the way. But, we also encounter those who prove to be difficult. We see things that bring beauty as we travel. But, we also see a seedier side of the human experience, something that doesn’t hold the same beauty. We enjoy moments with God yet, on the other hand, we have those times when God seems to be very far from us.

Jacob gives us an interesting perspective. I have been a traveler… How about you?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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