Friends, I’ve changed my route… not that it would make a big difference for my articles here, since this is not so much about the places I pass on the camino, but more about the inner journey, but it means that I will skip the “regular holiday” which I had planned for after finishing the camino and will do more walking before I have to go back – IF I have to go back at all…
The reason is not that I’m having so much fun – still doesn’t feel like a vacation or the famous walk in the park, even though it is getting a bit easier physically – after a month, the body seems to adjust – no, it is more because
a) none of my goals for coming here seem anywhere close, so I might as well walk as long as I can and
b) this life here as a pilgrim is so different from anything else, it just doesn’t feel suitable or appropriate to be sitting on the beach all day and sleep in a hotel.
So I went backwards a little on a different route to extend the walk to the destination.
And I am wondering if this is what GOD does with us sometimes.
Have you ever looked at it that way?
Well, it makes sense to me when I reflect on the times when I didn’t reach my goals “walking straight ahead”.
This time, it’s not clear to me -yet- and not obvious, not even visible why I didn’t reach the destination (the plans I had made before coming here) which were in my eyes so aligned with GOD’s will and calling for my life.
BUT looking back, I can see how “going backwards” or being delayed, even stuck, even for a while…. how that can lead to something good. To a different goal, to a change of paths, to learnings, maybe even to a longer and healthier life. I know for sure that if I had reached some goals in my life – without THE FATHER interfering and stopping me, which felt like a failure or hindrance or delay at the time – I would most certainly be dead by now.
So even though I am not pleased about my path… even though I have not been pleased about my path for quite a while and even though it feels as if I am getting nowhere – literally…
I’ve decided to keep walking further.
And keep praying.
Trusting in HIS word and trusting that HE is faithful and that HE WILL lead me somewhere good.
I like to meditate on scripture while I walk.
Today, it will be
And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things I will do unto them, and not forsake them.
What do you do, my friend, to be inspired by THE WORD? Do you have any routines or practices which you can share with us?
I hope and pray that this would inspire, heal or amuse you, and that THE LORD may bless you richly in all areas of your life and that HE may keep you and shine HIS face upon you. In JESUS’ name I pray. Amen.