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

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