I’m planning a journey. A long one. I’m walking the Camino De Santiago de Compostela in Spain. I’ll be walking the “French route” that starts in the southwest corner of France. It’s 500 miles long. Day 1 is a 12 mile hike through the Pyrenees Mountains.
I don’t just want to survive the journey. I want to thrive. So I’m doing some simple things to prepare.
My first thought is good shoes and socks! Wow, can I hear my mother, Eunice, right now. “You won’t get far without ‘em!”
Isaiah 52:7 reads “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the one who brings news of peace, who announces good things, who announces salvation.”
While we stand on the foundation of ancient truths and texts like this one, we walk on our own feet. That is the way it’s intended. It’s a principal, a truth that has lived forever. For me, that means that each of us has the opportunity to bring good news by our very being, our presence, our arrival from one place to another.
I don’t know what good news I can bring. I wish I did! I’ve made lists of what I can write, sing, play, compose on this journey. The more lists I write, the more exhausted I become trying to live the journey before stepping onto the pathway. Isn’t that our way sometimes?
I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’ve spent lots of days trying to legislate the future, engineer tomorrow, even write the conclusion, the climax, the denouement of my journey before even walking! And I’ve told God as much. I’m sure God smiles, patiently.
Trust, something I’ve had a hard time embracing my whole life, is at hand. The fact that I’m going says something about Trust. I haven’t left but I’ve made all manor of plans to go. And while I’ve pleaded for Trust for the whole journey, I think I’m going to get enough for this one day…like Manna from Heaven…just one days ration of Trust.
If your next move requires a physical journey, take comfort that your feet are blessed. And think about some good shoes and socks.
And if Trust is calling out to you, join me on a deeper journey as a Companion On The Journey here.