One of my favorite songs from the early 1990s is Tom Cochrane’s “Life is a Highway.” It was covered by Rascal Flatts a few years ago for the soundtrack of Cars.
I always like Cochrane’s version because it was gritty. It sounded as if the singer had truly been on a journey, a tough journey. And, at the same time was able to see hope and a destination.
The lyrics include these words:
Life’s like a road that you travel on/ When there’s one day here and the next day gone/ Sometimes you bend and sometimes you stand/ Sometimes you turn your head to the wind.
Life is a journey down the road. That journey can take us deep into the valley, into the places of darkness and pain. Sometimes, the journey takes us to despair, depression. Sometimes it knocks us down and sometimes it seems as if the goal is simply to be “survivors.”
But it’s also interesting in this song that contains those same images of a tough journey that there’s a reference to wonder and beauty — From Mozambique to those Memphis nights/ The Khyber Pass to Vancouver’s lights.
But is that image more than just the words of a song? Does it accurately describe our journey?
I think back to the times that I did sermons that referenced Jesus and the “I Am” statements. One of those references comes in John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The Book of John is filled with words and passages that have more than one meaning. And this is one of those. On one hand, Jesus is saying he is the way to God. At the other time, he’s describing and connecting himself to God (I AM, direct link to the name of God in the Old Testament.)
But this word “way” can also be read as road or highway. In other words, Jesus is saying that he is the road that takes us to truth and life. He is the road that takes us to a relationship with God.
And, he is with us in the journey.
That’s what I celebrate today. Jesus is in the journey, has never left the journey and will never leave the journey.
How’s your journey? Life is a highway and the road leads us to a relationship with God.
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