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The Journey

by | Jan 10, 2013 | Pastors’ Blog | 0 comments

Scripture constantly equates this present life with a journey, or some extension of that metaphor. We long for a country or city not our own; we run the race; we fight the fight; we plant and water and enjoy the harvest; we carry the cross. The journey itself is both pleasing and painful. It is full of joy and sorrow. It is peaceful and frightening. It is a living, breathing paradox. And yet, one thing and one thing alone gives the journey beauty and true worth: Jesus. Paul declared to the Romans that this present suffering was not to be compared with the glory that is to come. If the path taken is wide and comfortable, free of obstacles, and filled only with self-interest, it is deemed “the way of destruction.” The narrow path, the tight road, the journey that “squeezes”; this is the Christ-way, the path that leads to life.

Several years ago I was blessed to teach a course for some students in Germany. While in Berlin, I was able to visit “Museum Island” and see many great works of art and discoveries of archaeology. The attached picture is of a painting by Carl Gustav Carus entitled, “Pilgrim In A Rocky Valley.” I was quite moved by both the depth and simplicity of the painting. The emotion; the connectivity; the encapsulation of the feeling of the journey; it is all there.

As I continue to consider the painting today, I have in my mind attached it with the lyrics of “Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer” from Keith and Kristyn Getty. Consider these words and this painting, and spend some time reflecting on the worth of the journey.

Jesus, Draw me ever nearer
As I labor through the storm
You have called me to this passage
And I’ll follow, though I’m worn

May this journey bring a blessing
May I rise on wings of faith
And at the end of my heart’s testing
With your likeness let me wake

Jesus, guide me through the tempest
Keep my spirit stayed and sure
When the midnight meets the morning
Let me love you even more

May this journey bring a blessing
May I rise on wings of faith
And at the end of my heart’s testing
With your likeness let me wake

Let the treasures of the triumph
Form within me as I go
And at the end of this long passage
Let me leave them at your throne

May this journey bring a blessing
May I rise on wings of faith
And at the end of my heart’s testing
With your likeness let me wake

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