MORE PONDERING ON THE JOURNEY
Are we on the journey of life searching for something to make our lives richer and fuller?
Are we on the journey trying to find something that gives life and love meaning?
Are we on the journey because we have been called to pick up and go,
even though we might have no idea where it is we’re going?
The scriptures we claim as our journey log, both Old and New Testament,
remind us that the journey we are on is one already mapped out in the mind of God,
who calls us to follow in the trek
and promises to accompany us along the way
assuring us of bread and water for our travel so we do not wear out in our effort.
Remembering the God who has called us to live and to the journey,
the Christ who walked the road ahead of us
and the Holy Spirit who breathes energy into us when we are exhausted,
Is one of the major ministries that the Body of Christ engages.
We are one family to remind each other of those things God has called us to be about.
We are here to keep us from wandering off on side paths that distract us
and maintain the vision that God has set before us.
In Markings, the late Dag Hammarskjold recalled:
“I don’t know Who — or what — put the question,
I don’t know when it was put.
I don’t even remember answering.
But at some moment I did answer Yes to Someone — or Something
— and from that hour I was certain that existence is meaningful and that,
therefore, my life, in self-surrender, had a goal.”
And “It is not we who seek the Way, but the Way which seeks us.
That is why you are faithful to it, even while you stand waiting,
so long as you are prepared, and act
the moment you are confronted by its demands.”
Do you remember how the question was put to you? By whom it was put?
Perhaps our being together on the journey is a reminder to each of us
that we are part of all of us,
and that the God who has called me, you, and them,
continues to use the Church as God’s calling agent.
As we stand wondering which “way” we are called to go,
let us be prepared so that we might act when the Way “confronts (us) by its demands.”