A journey is seldom a straight line. Occasionally, it is not even a line or discernible that there is any movement whatsoever. Journeys have their own definition unique to every person that has ever walked upon this planet. The boldness that we even take a step forward or backwards or sideways still amazes me. We want to everything to be happy, easy, controlled…but by the time we have fallen over a rock a few times, we have realized that journeys are definitely not that. Yet, we keep getting back up and taking another step, hoping we don’t fall again.
Every choice, every decision, every word we speak is a new journey. Sometimes, I think it would be much easier to be a hermit. Then it would just be me (maybe a few dogs, goats and other cuddly animals) and God on this journey. I suppose that is why there are monks, nuns and isolationists. Jesus was not any of that…except for a few 40 days here and a few 40 days there. =)
Jesus the man lived among the people. He called strangers to be His disciples. He talked to those who followed Him into the wilderness and spoke truth. “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” (Matt 11:15) He sat at the table with people that others would never consider doing. He healed the “unclean” and challenged His world’s leaders. “What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?” (Which BTW, was a reference to Herod Antipas’s coin that had a Galilean reed emblem upon its face) “But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.” (Matt 11:7-8) He dried the tears of those who mourned. He let others yell at Him…question Him…imprison Him…beat Him…crucify Him. He took multiple steps in His journeys all based upon His love. Being man and God all rolled into one being did not stop His tears nor lessen the pain. When I feel the saddest or am crying on the inside where I hope no one sees or can’t move my feet another step — that is what I remember…”Jesus wept.” (Jn 11:35) He knows my pain, He took another step and that makes the journey all worth while.