Friends, I arrived in Santiago de Compostela today.
There was a slight, short moment of triumph… but then I understood:
just like in the Hollywood love stories or in the fairy tales, when it says “the end” or “and then they lived happily ever after”, it is really not the end, but a beginning…
And this pilgrimage (probably every pilgrimage or fast or project you do for GOD) is really an opportunity to learn something I believe HE wants us to learn:
not only do I believe it, I have seen it in many places in the bible, there are many spiritual doctrines and disciplines and institutions about it and as far as I can tell, every single Christian (probably even also every other religion!) denomination would agree to this:
GOD wants us to devote every single minute of our lives to HIM, wants to be part of our lives at ALL times, wants us to ask HIM about everything, to tell HIM everything, wants to hear from us constantly and no matter what we are thinking, HE is interested and always willing to listen, to correct us or add wisdom to our knowledge, to cut a long explanation short, HE wants to be part of our lives, every aspect and area of it, 24/7, ALL our lives long!
And with the institution of a pilgrimage, we have the opportunity to do exactly that.
But not only while we are walking from A to B.
The walking time is only to show us how to do it and so that we can get into the routine… at least that’s what I find and feel.
That’s why HE will pour so many rewards upon us when we do a pilgrimage for HIM.
HE wants us to deeply understand how pleased HE is about this type of offering and sacrifice, how HE loves it!
So why stop?
Of course, we have to stop walking at some point and go back to work, unless we are full time pilgrims (haven’t seen any though), but why not
continue to dedicate all we do
no matter what
all day long
every single day
to OUR LORD GOD…….?
When I think about it, I can only find benefits!
For me, the decision is clear – I would never want to go back to not being as close with HIM as I am nowadays, would never want to risk losing the bond I have grown with HIM…
I really hope I will be able to stay as close with HIM as I was here on this walk, really hope and pray that I can stay a full time pilgrim even though I will be back at work soon!
That being a pilgrim will be my true job!
Because what the word means (it comes from the Latin word peregrinus) is a traveler, coming from far away, being on his way to a holy place… I want to always keep traveling to GOD’s throne, to my FATHER’s house, do not want to stop seeking HIM and a deeper connection with HIM… no matter where I am and no matter what profession I have other than being a peregrina.
How about you, my friend? Are you a pilgrim? And if you are one, how do you incorporate it into your daily life?
As usual, I hope and pray that this would inspire, heal or amuse you. And that THE LORD may bless you richly in all areas if your life, that HE may keep you and shine HIS face upon you. In JESUS’ name I pray. Amen.