August 05, 2008
Defining the Journey
I love traveling; the journey and its anticipation are at least half of the fun for me. Planning the route can be like conquering a complicated puzzle. Taking the correct exit or turn can be a victory of importance.
Still, it turns out that how we get to where we’re going may not be as important as what we learn on the way to our destination. Although, we have to know how to get there, just the same.
Modern tools such as AAA internet, Google Maps, GPS systems, move us through this world more directly and safely than ever before. When navigating our spiritual path, there is only really one source that will lead us to find our true way. The Bible is our best tool. Unlike maps though, this manual is open to interpretation, and circumstantial understanding can make the same verses take on new meaning each time they are read.
So, I confess: I’ve been travelling randomly, picking up the Bible and landing wherever the page opens to. The danger and the beauty in that lies in isolating passages. Doubling back to cover the references often changes my mind’s direction. Spiritually dancing this way reminds me not to interpret what seems to be as the truth. There is always history to be considered; somewhere else to look for perspective.
Sometimes, I’m torn between wanting to have the historical facts and just wanting to be here, now, and moving forward. Much like you wouldn’t necessarily need to know every possible route to your destination, it may not be necessary to completely understand every moment that brought others into your life. I just want to be glad that you’ve all made it here.
In a way, that’s a bit of a cop-out. In order to be fair, I need to know your passages in their order. I need the precursory events in order to read where you fit into my journey map. That requires work, and exploration, and research. That doesn’t scare me.
I’m almost more afraid to see the puzzle pieces fit. I’m thinking there are GOD roads I’m just not ready for yet. The thing is, I feel that crucial on-ramp is approaching, fast. I’m kinda glad we can’t Google our life’s map.
For now, the journey is still the best part. jak
Posted by jaselin at August 5, 2008 01:18 PM