Today we are traveling to Kerala for the first End Times and Women’s conferences. We have already been on the road five hours and we have about another seven to go. We have scaled the heights of mountains and the plains of western Tamil Nadu. We have experienced the frost covered mountain top of Ooty followed by the arid flatland all in the last few hours. Road conditions vary from acceptable to challenging. Road rules are not enforced and I’m not sure if they even exist. Driving here is a challenge even for the best of drivers. Our driver’s name is Suresh. He is quite good, alert, and careful. An answer to prayer!
Billboards and road signs keep me entertained as we barrel down the highway. My favorite is the small sign that says Diversion Ahead. It reminds me that though we are commanded to walk by faith and not by sight, we are not to walk blindly. God’s word, the Bible, is our highway to heaven. And its pages contain all the road signs to keep us going and not get lost. There are many warnings of the diversions that can sidetrack us and have us going in the wrong direction. Those diversions are riddled with sin and can lead us to a dead end. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” By obeying the road signs God has given to us through His word, we will avoid those diversions and make it to Heaven safely, our final and eternal destination.
Conducting conferences is always an adventure. We never know quite what to expect. Will the meeting hall be adequate? Will the hotel accommodations be to our liking? Will we adapt quickly to the weather changes which vary in extremes from one place to another? In all these things we trust God who knows even better and has gone before us. One thing we are sure of is that for the next three days we will meet with God’s precious people who are hungry to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. It is a joy and a privilege to meet them, to teach them and to grow along with them.