The Journey is Long

Long highway

"You have to abandon your sense of arrival."

I was sitting in a small office in central Ohio with a pastor and a prominent writer.  The pastor leaned over to the desk and gave us one of the most profound statements in life. 

The Journey is just that, A Journey.  Life has little to do with final destinations as we all have 'way points' where we grow, have deeper relationships, and develop epiphanol spiritual understanding. 

Yesterday I had a great meeting with an awesome long time friend.  We were talking about the job market, and how hard it is to graduate from college and then go out and find employment, especially in today's economic climate. 

As we talked through various possibilities for life, he admitted it was hard to be out of school looking for a job and feeling like he wasn't finding a place.  He kept saying things like "my expectations after college were _______," or "I thought it would turn out this way, or that way." And you know the more we talked, he began to reveal how expectations got in the way of just living. 

We're not guarenteed anything in life. 
We're not entitled to a job.
We're not told we'll live healthy.
We certainly don't know if our kids are going to turn out well.
We don't know when tragedy will strike.
Nor do we know when the mountaintop of success is right around the corner.

But, what we can be sure of….."the sun is coming up tomorrow."

I wonder what it would be like if we re-aligned our paradigm to see life as a long road of journey, rather than the expectation of arrival?  Would we be able to celebrate the temporary moments of joy?  Would we be able to contextualize pain for the time it needed to be?

I think that's why I'm so intrigued with a life following Jesus. 

Even though some would think the arrival in the Christian faith is "heaven," after reading Matthew 6 when Jesus says, "Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN."

Don't you think Jesus would have prayed for us to arrive in heaven if he thought the road was leading to finality?

The more I live, the more I find richness in the way points.  The Journey is Long, but it IS the fullness of life.  Learning to Love God, Love Others, and become surely is the meaning of life. 

Sorry for being too mushy…just thinking about mathcing real expectations with life.  I find often that the clash of expectations often thrusts us into spiraling misunderstandings. 

"Abandon the sense of Arrival" today, and live along the way. 

3 Comments

  1. I don’t think this post was mushy…it was beautiful! Very true…and I find that staying attentive in the present moment, neither dwelling on the past or being caught up in the false illusions and attachments towards the future, is the most enriching way to experience life and its journey and God.
    ~ blessings

  2. This is SO true. There is a similar conversation taking place on my blog, about recovery from child abuse, and alcoholism. If you expect it to happen quickly you will be disappointed. Recovery can be a lifelong journey, and becomes part of your life journey. Forgiveness and healing are also a long journey that can last a lifetime. There is a support group called “Joy in the Journey.” I think that says it all!

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