Join Me for a Walk
I enjoy walks. Whether I am out with the dog, walking with my wife and kids, hiking or simply wandering the streets. There is something refreshing about walking. Usually I have a destination when I am walking. However, occasionally I am blessed to simply be able to wander with no fixed destination. During these moments walking becomes a journey as my mind wanders. Truth be told I do my best thinking while walking. I am simply able to be.
We live in an age of quick fixes and immediate solutions. A world where simply going for a walk can appear counter-productive. I know I am not alone in my enjoyment of walks, but have you ever considered how counter-cultural the act of walking is? We live in a productivity driven society where every answer is only the touch of a button away.
However, in creating this environment for ourselves we have brought undue stress into our lives. The seeking and acquisition of knowledge, the need to instantly know what is going on and how to remedy our problems has created in many a deeper need. We have gained easy acquisition of knowledge, but we have sacrificed our inner peace.
We seek peace of mind, clarity of purpose, meaning for life. Questions which are spiritual in nature. Unfortunately, we believe we can solve our questions for inner meaning the way we might solve other issue in our lives; with the touch of a button. We are accustomed to instant gratification and we assume the same will happen with our spiritual problems.
We assume that our spiritual journey is not a journey at all. Rather that we will have a moment of enlightenment. A eureka moment, the light will go on, everything will make sense and we will be at peace. Then we can move on with our busy lives.
However, it does not work this way. Spirituality is not about instant gratification. For some the light may go on and they may recognize the path that is required. However, it is a path, a journey, not a destination.
A book I enjoy in the Old Testament is Ecclesiastes where we read, “For everything there is a season. A time to live, a time to die. A time plant, a time uproot.” This is what our journey of faith is, flowing from one season to another. While this journey might be surrounded by traditions, rituals and religious language it is far more than that. It is a sojourn towards wholeness.
This journey forces us to ask a question, what is broken?
If we are seeking enlightenment, peace of mind, fullness of purpose we must acknowledge that something is lacking, missing, broken or misplaced in our current lives. When we journey with God one of the things we acknowledge is our own brokenness and incompleteness.
In this acknowledgement we take the first step of many towards fullness. We follow in the footsteps of many who have gone before us. Early Christians were known as Followers of the Way, for they followed in the way of Jesus Christ. They journeyed with him.
How is your journey going?