Psalm 119: 105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path
Imagine in your mind, a long muddy road with many intertwining tracks. Look either side of you and see all of us here side by side. We share this journey together, all aiming for the same destination towards the light of God, but each of us will take a slightly different route.
Now look beyond those beside you and see in your mind’s eye all the other people on this journey. Visualise those from around the connexion, all people across this country and around the world.
Now take a closer look at the road…… Can you see the impressions of all the people who have travelled this same road? We all travel in the same direction, taking slightly different tracks though no track is quite the same. Some tracks are as smooth as a meadow, others covered with pebbles and rocks on which you can trip and fall… to a path covered with thick sinking mud that is so boggy that you struggle to pick your feet up out of the mud to take the next step. Finally the central pathway, at some point we all find ourselves travelling this track, covered with so many thorn bushes that it’s difficult to see the direction of the path. Each step you try to make is met with resistance, your clothing, shoes and even your skin snagged on thorns… just trying to move is painful.
People move at different paces, our tracks intermingle as we encounter and experience others on this journey. As our focus shifts from one aspect to another – whether it’s focusing on where we have come from, the people who have influenced us and helped shape who we have become, looking to where we are now or where we think we are headed, and the people who share this part of our journey. We use our gifts, abilities and experiences to keep us going and help others along the way.
Our ultimate goal is for all of us to be Disciples of Christ. That is our final destination along this road. Along our journey we share God’s love and Grace with those whom we meet. There will be times when our views and opinions differ from others around us, though that should never prevent us from treading this path together. Compromise, and finding ways of working together can be hard sometimes, however they help us to move onward in our journey together…
Spend some time thinking about your own life journey, where you have come from, where you are now and where you are headed… who has travelled with you?… who is travelling with you now?… Those you may be travelling with in the future…