Greetings and good morning brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series
where we seek to explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years,
the heavenly Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them
with you. Today, we try to understand the meaning of the story of the travelers.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
"If ye keep my commandment, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's
commandment, and abide in his love." John, Chapter 15, Verse 10.
While sitting in the foyer of uneasiness, two friends chat quietly. During the course of their
conversation, they decide to take a trip. Sister Low and Sister Glow decide to leave at a certain time
of the day. It is dark when they both depart, but for Sister Low, it is just after sunset while for Sister
Glow, it is just before sunrise.
Sister Low begins her trip with a brand new car to drive, plenty of supplies, detailed maps of the
route to be traversed, a spare battery in case the one in the car goes bad. She knows precisely where
she wants to go, and she thinks she knows where she will arrive.
Sister Glow begins her trip on foot. She has heard of a place where perfection reigns, where love is
King--a place where joy in righteousness prevails, and peace abounds in a land of no travail. She has
no detailed maps, no extra supplies, only her highest hope and sublime faith to guide her on this faith
Sister Low's trip begins pretty smoothly, as she drives her car on the well paved roads of selfishness
with its highlighted rails of hate. Along the way, she ignores the stop signs of mercy, the red lights
of forgiveness, and the amber lights of patience, as she presses down on the accelerator of
Sister Glow's trip is rough from the start. She encounters no smooth roads. In fact she uses nothing
to drive but her own two feet. And she negotiates her way, she finds the trails are winding, full of
lumps and bumps, dangerous crevices, and cliffs with sudden drops. She drives the feet of her will
to submit to the Divine Will. She constantly avoids the lumps and bumps of selfishness, as she
ministers to those who have fallen along the way. She avoids the crevices and cliffs of temptations
with their sudden drops into darkness. She presses on beyond the rocks of disappointment and the
hills of sorrow, and she steers beyond the barriers of pain.
Sister Low has been cruising for quite a while on the highways of selfishness. She has been so
engrossed with herself and her goals that she hadn't noticed the gradual widening of the road. Fewer
and fewer have been the hitch hikers of mercy seekers along the highway of life; gone are the lights
of struggling souls along the way, and it has gotten darker and darker. She has just about used up all
her supplies of self sufficiency, and her fuel tank of self determination is just about empty. Her extra
battery of will power has almost run down.
As she comes out of her preoccupation with self, she discovers that she cannot see the sides of the
road because they are so broad. She steps out of the car, and steps out in front of the lights. She looks
around, and as far as she can see there is nothing but a broad plain. After getting back into her car,
she drives around in a circle, but no matter which way she turns, she finds nothing but a boundless
plain of darkness. She is like a ship out in the middle of the sea without a compass. What will she
do when the spare battery of will power finally is depleted and the light goes out? Keep in mind that
Sister Low began her trip just after the sundown. How dark will her night be in midnight's terrain.
Remember that Sister Glow began her journey just before sunrise. All this time her way had been
easier to see. Her preoccupation with doing the Father's will had taken away the weight of her
burdens and the pain out of her sorrows. The road she had been traveling was now very familiar to
her, and she had now come to appreciate the light that the struggling souls along the way supplied
her with during her brief darkness. Now it was midday, and the glory of the Father's direction was
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of the story of the travelers. We hope
you find something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day. Until next
time, this is Dr. James Perry.