Well May has certainly brought a few surprises with it! See that’s the thing about life you never know what is going to happen next. The phone may ring and your life could change; or you might hear a familiar voice call your name and suddenly your heart is racing and your life is topsey turvey. Maybe you will be driving down the street and realize that you are loved more than you could ever hope to be and your eyes fill with the knowledge of that love. Surprises are bound to happen. They are part of life. We live our lives not knowing what will happen next to a certain extent. But what about the things that are ours for the choosing, the things that we can imagine and fashion and create?
A journey is the act of getting from one place to another. That place most often is a physical one; perhaps it can be a spiritual or emotional place as well. Some of us wander from place to place taking shelter from the storms that often come with surprises not knowing exactly where to go. Some of us go by a detailed itinerary knowing exactly what direction to go in and how far to go between stops and thereby staying safe and secure, but seldom looking from side to side. Some of us travel down a twisted path strewn with obstacles left behind by those traveling before us or with us, trying to make the path a safer journey for those that come behind us. There is no one journey nor one route to travel.
So what’s a person to do? Which is the better way to go? How will we know we have arrived?
As a person who has spent much of my life wandering the path seeking shelter from storms and trying to make the journey easier for those around me I think it’s time to pull out a GPS and plot my journey. I enjoy the whimsy that comes with wandering, with seeing the unseen and experiencing things in a personal way. I treasure taking life as God sees fit to bless me. But this wandering, it has left me tired. And I think it is time to dream up a route. I think it is time to dream for myself and determine where to go next. To provide myself with an itinerary. Not to stop wandering all together, but perhaps to purposefully wander with a destination in mind that is less vague. I am not interested in blazing any new trails…I am far too tired for that! And I don’t seek to go quickly past all the treasures that lay on my path while on a rigid all to direct route. Rather it is time to dream about where I want to be, and to find a path that is less full of distraction and disturbances.
And so I shall invoke my GPS, God’s Planning Service, and with His help and guidance I will choose a destination, get some directions and dare to dream a dream that really will come true! I will keep you posted, it is sure to be an interesting journey!