Journeys Are Not Predictable


A life journey is not a predictable process.

Kim Chernin says: It moves forward fitfully, through moments of clear seeing, dramatic episodes of feeling, subtle intuitions, vague contemplative states. Dreams arrive, bringing guidance we frequently cannot accept. Years pass, during which we know that we are involved in something that cannot be easily named. We wake to a sense of confusion, know that we are in dangerous conflict, cannot define the nature of what troubles us. All change is like this. It circles around, snakes back on itself, finds detours, leads us on a merry chase, starts us out it seems all over again from where we were in the first place. And then suddenly, when we least expect it, something opens a door, discovers a threshold, shoves us across.

(Kim Chernin, Source: Reinventing Eve)

We always hope that when the door opens, we will be shoved across a pleasant threshold, that all will be well for us, that the journey has led us to a peaceful place. That’s what God is for, to fill us with good hope and to lead us to pleasant places. I don’t know about you, but I am so glad that God is in charge of my life journey. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

No journeys really are not predictable. And sometimes we can’t see where we’re going. But we follow a God who does know where we’re going.

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