We continue in the THursdayTHought Re-Run Summer from May 15, 2015. I was writing a series on our GROWING points, and had reached the letter “W.”
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We continue with “W” this week: Welcoming the journey.
(If you aren’t familiar with our GROWING points of discipleship, check them out here.)
One of my favorite children’s books is called The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein. It is the story of a circle who is missing a slice of himself — so he kind of looks like Pacman. Like this:
So this circle with the missing piece travels the world, getting into all sorts of adventures, meeting all sorts of pieces (that don’t fit) looking for its missing piece. And all along it is singing a song — a happy song about looking for its piece.
Finally, it finds the piece that fits perfectly. Only now, the circle is complete so it rolls to fast to see the sights and to have adventures. And, most sad, it can no longer sing.
“Hmmm,” it thinks to itself. “So that’s how it is.”
And it puts the piece back down, slowly thumps away (because it can’t really roll with a piece missing), and sings its song.
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”Genesis 12:1-3
The life of faith is a journey. And I suppose we can think that all we need do is get to the destination and all will be well. We can race towards that destination. And when we do that, we miss all the people, places, and adventures that God has hoped for us.
Each day God has amazing things set up for us to see and hear and experience. Yes, sometimes there are mishaps — that is the way of this life. And yet, through them all God works good.
Welcome your journey. Savor your journey. God has abundant life in mind for you!