The Ride

August 16, 2016
by Kirsti Sipila

Psalm 68:4 – Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him — his name is the Lord. (NIV 2011)

I would like to bring greetings from my "sick-bed" to all who know what that is about! Being an old one sometimes robs us of some privileges that we once took for granted.

This year, I have been registered with Brantford Lift, the city service to move people from door to door for medical appointments. Being a beginner, I did not understand all that it takes to run such a service. I had to learn by the errors that I made.

Overall, the service is friendly and compassionate. I am talked to like a somebody when I feel like a nobody with my chronic situation.

The first time around, I was busy observing how the system worked. After I was picked up, someone else was picked up before I was driven to my destination. Afterwards, I was picked up to get back home, and another person was added, and so forth. To my observation, the route that we travelled seemed to be going the wrong way. It also felt as if the vehicle had no springs whatsoever. Every hair-sized crack in the road made me glad that I was secured by the seatbelt and that I had an armrest to hold on to. I had never been to the parts of the city that we went through. The driver had suggested enjoying the ride, which I did — in prayer! There was so much to see of the city even with my failing vision — so many neighbourhoods and dwelling places for people to live in!

Taking in this experience, my head was whirling, and in no time, I compared it all to life and living, around my now-confined world.

How amazing it is that we get through our journey, with so many choices that are not for our best interest, as this world is filled with deceitful rides that look so good.

Spiritually speaking, are we on the right "vehicle" to our destiny? Jesus is the only way to the Father. Thanks be to the loving grace of God's mercy, that He calls us by our name, to come to a stop where He reveals to us His will, His way, and His purpose. His small voice reaches our deaf ears, which are opened to His Name. We can be still and give a listening ear to Him.

My prayer has been for the Lord's "vehicle" to pick up those most unlikely hearts in the most unlikely places for salvation, in the only name given, Jesus Christ, His only beloved Son!

The road of our Christian life might still be bumpy and noisy and painful, and go to places that we are unfamiliar with, but now, knowing that we have a Driver who knows how to get us safely through to our destination, we can enjoy the ride.

"I am coming home" becomes our song — "It is well with my soul".

Wherever we are in our "ride" in time, we can rejoice in all who ride with us in the faith and hope that "Only God can transform a sin-stained soul into a masterpiece of grace!"

Prayer: Father God, thank You for giving us a Saviour, Your Son, Jesus Christ, helping us through our ups and downs in this life, even when we feel defeated. Our ultimate victory is in You as we trust in Your presence and power and healing! In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen!

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Kirsti Sipila <kirstiksipila@hotmail.com>

Brantford, Ontario, Canada


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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Blessings Kirsti. Inspiring words.


    Thank you, Kirsti. Love your phrase “masterpiece of grace.”


    Great devotional! As we age we are constantly faced with the new “normal!” Old age is not for sissies! God bless you!!


    Hello Kirsti
    Thank you for your well written piece, it encouraged my heart.
    May God continue to bless your obvious gift of writing and instruction.


    Hi Kirsti, That is one of the best devotionals I have read in a long time. What a wonderful analogy. Thank you for your writing and I pray you will have a day filled with peace and comfort.


    Thank you Kirsti for today’s devotional. I was uplifted and moved by your courage and fortitude. I am sure you are a bright light and an uplifter to others who use this service. I look forward to more of your writing.


    Hello dear Kirsti,
    It was so good praising God with you through this devotional.
    May God continue to bless you as you continue to praise Him and share the Good News with others.


    Hey KRISTI, want you to know how much I enjoyed you little homily today. I can tell you have a good sense of humour too. I am well up life’s ladder also so every day is a GOD GIVEN BLESSING for me. Fondest wishes for you on your continuing journey. BLESSINGS TOO.


    Hello Kirsti
    Loved this message. Thank you.
    This aging business can be ‘for the birds’ at times. I understand the need for grace now that I am ‘there.’ Aches, pains and diminishing strength really call for all the grace we can find in order to remain thankful.
    Nice to see your writing again.


    I am in the same boat as yourself. The company that takes me around is called Darts in the Hamilton area. What a blessing. With these wonderful organizations and friends, God has blessed us with freedom to get around and not be stuck at home. Praise the Lord for all His blessings. I know how you feel about riding around the city. As I like to call it “Road Trip” and enjoy.


    Sounds like a very fun adventure for you Kristi! Glad you’re enjoying the ride!! God bless you as you meet new faces on a similar situation.


    Dear Kristi,
    Thank you for a devotional that shows faith and trust right through to the end.
    “The joy set before him” — what joy? I think that because Jesus’ suffering would result in the salvation of all of us who would come to him through the ages, Jesus experienced joy, even in enduring his cross. Certainly he had joy too in looking forward to sitting at the right hand of the throne of God after his removal from the death on the cross to experience eternal life with his Father.
    Keep writing.


    Kirsti- thanks so much for this message. You still have much to contribute to spreading God’s word. I loved the humility and humour you used in this devotional. God Bless you.

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