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This summer was a first, the first road trip with one of my grandchildren. I have traveled with their family many times, but this was just the two of us.

My five-year-old grandson had responded with a polite, “No thank you,” when offered the chance to travel. We were all surprised when Tullia said she wanted to go. Not only did she want to go, she headed to the door, putting on her shoes, and imploring me to hurry. Early the next morning she awoke their household with cries of, “I wanted to go with Nami!” Assuring her that I wasn’t leaving until around lunchtime and that I wouldn’t leave without her, her parents finally convinced her that 3 a.m. in the morning was time to get a little more sleep.

A group text sent by my daughter-in-law double-checked with my daughter and me about the feasibility of taking a three year old who had never been away from Mommy and Daddy on a five day trip. We assured her all would be fine. With cousins waiting at the coast, she hugged her family and crawled into her car seat. Her daddy prayed for safe traveling, and we were off. As we headed out of town, the weight of responsibility filled me. I had my son’s precious daughter with me for almost a week. Silently praying again for safety and no car problems, I relished this opportunity.

We Both Liked to Sing

What a great traveler she was. In fact, we found we had something in common. We both like to sing! She sang her favorite songs, her questions, her answers, her thoughts, and even the numbers that she read off of the GPS. She sang for six hours straight! No sooner had the relief of reaching our destination settled over me, when the thought crossed my mind that in a few days we would once again be on the road for the return trip.

During our vacation days, Tullia played dolls and dress up, celebrated Annika’s sixth birthday, enjoyed the river beach, made cards and pictures with Lydia for Uncle Josh for Father’s Day, and visited Auntie Deanna’s booth at Astoria Market. Too soon it was time for the drive home. I thought of the journey and the precious one for whom I was responsible.

I thought too, of another journey, the journey to heaven. Do I pray for and carefully guide those who are more vulnerable, those who need help? Do I savor the opportunity to lead others to a loving Savior?

Lord, lead me each day to accept the commission you give. “Just as shepherds watch over their sheep, you must watch over everyone God has placed in your care. Do it willingly in order to please God, and not simply because you think you must. Let it be something you want to do, instead of something you do merely to make money. Don’t be bossy to those who are in your care, but set an example for them” (1 Peter 5:2, 3).

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