The idea of a Christian walk as a pilgrimage has ancient roots. Abraham, the Father of our faith, was a pilgrim. A pilgrim is one who travels from a distance to visit a sacred place. The wise men were on pilgrimage when they followed the star that led them to Christ. To be on pilgrimage means you are on a journey. A journey is a trip of long duration; it’s not a jaunt or a quick trip.
Psalm 84 indicates that our hearts need to be set on pilgrimage. To have something become “set” you put it in a particular place, position or condition. The setting that needs to be in place for us is in Christ and the destination needs to be His presence. If we could set our hearts like we set a satnav for a journey, then all would be great. We would just listen to the voice instructing us, we would be obedient to every command and… voilà, we would be there!
While there are parallels that we can draw from this there is one problem. God unlike the satnav wants to interact with us. He wants relationship – He loves you – and He likes to spend time with His kids.
Life’s journeys do not promise us that everything will always be easy. In fact the Valley of Baca is the valley of weeping. People go through ups and downs. Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers us from them all. No one longs for trouble, grief, hardship or sorrow but we all do experience pain.
Pain can cause our lives to shipwreck if we are not prepared. People experience pain on many fronts. Something as simple as your children growing up into great adults that you are proud of is painful. Why? Because you are letting go! When people that are in your life that are friends are called by God to move on, more letting go! A loved one sick, a financial crisis, a harsh boss, and exam gone wrong, a relationship breakdown…just to name a few of the many kinds of problems that people face.
However, when your strength, reliance and trust is in the Lord and you have set your heart to journey with Him that painful place will be touched and you will not fall. The Lord will deliver you, strengthen you and heal your broken heart.
Set your heart to journey with God. It’s a lifetime of travel. You may hit some potholes; you may turn the wrong direction at times, but trust that He will recalibrate your inner satnav until you appear before Him in glory.
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