The story of God's people is saturated with the idea of journey. God did not simply send them. He moved with them. The concept of pilgrimage is not just an Old Testament theme. Jesus was homeless and trekked from town to town with His disciples. His final earthly command is a commission of motion. We are to go to the ends of the earth with His gospel making disciples on the way. Clearly, Jesus is not against home ownership and we need not be nomadic to be faithful believers. But, we do need to examine and adjust our bend towards rootedness. Our quest for stability and security can tie us to the things we own and the places we live. We get nervous with change and transitions - so familiarity becomes our goal. At lunchtime in a strange town, we turn towards the "Golden Arches" not because the food is amazing, but because we know what to expect. I do not advocate chaos nor change for novelty sake. But I do know this; God's pilgrims are meant to journey from "what is" to "what is new". Our continual conversion means God is taking us somewhere - somewhere better.
The journey may be geographic but it doesn't have to be. (The hardest journeys are not!) The movement of God will likely be with my thoughts, affections, relationships, emotions and spirit. If my body moves but my heart doesn't, I haven't gained much ground. I know it is scary to face the unknown. I admit a preference to wanting all the details mapped out in advance. (A preference which doesn't have much influence on God.) I have tasted soul fatigue in my progress, fear's panicked whispers and a longing look in the rear view mirror. So what helps when our feet are dragging? I find strength in the remembrance that God is taking me somewhere. I am a pilgrim and called to live a pilgrim's life in body, heart mind and soul. God is not simply behind or before me.....He is with me.
Pastor Scott Tolhurst.