Tracks in the Wilderness

June 22, 2011

I love to go hiking in the woods at a retreat center near my home. There are plenty of trails, but I often get off the trail and wander through the trees. I usually end up in some place I didn’t plan to be. Sometimes my life is like that. I get off the well-worn paths and wander in unexpected places. Often I end up in a wilderness, uncertain of where to go or how to get there.

Have you ever felt like you were wandering around in your life? Going from one place to another without a destination. Just cruising through life without purpose or direction. Life can be a wilderness.

Wilderness is not all bad. It is usually quiet. The pace is less hurried or frantic. Things are a bit less complex in the wilderness. In the wilderness I can see and hear things I usually don’t notice. People have found God in the wilderness for centuries. The two big examples are Moses and Jesus. Both of them had significant, life-changing encounters with God in the wilderness. More ordinary people have also gone to the wilderness to find God in their lives.

Being in the wilderness of life tends to open our hearts to listen for God – more attentive. There is something about being in a time of uncertainty that makes us more attentive to the presence of God around us.

This is my first attempt at a blog. I’ve entered a wilderness of uncertainty – this is something I have never done before. I don’t really know what I’m doing, where I’m going, or how to get there.

My blog writing is based on two convictions – first, the spiritual life is a journey. Hopefully my journey is in the direction of God and God’s dream for the world. Each day I am at a different place on my journey than I was yesterday. Second, is that we find God, we hear God, we see God more often when we give attention to the questions we encounter on the journey. Life is a journey. Notice the questions. In this blog I will be reflecting on my journey in God’s direction and noticing the questions that arise along the way.

I hope I can find a few friends who can join me in conversation. I’m interested in your journey and the questions you encounter. Leave a comment – I’d like to hear from you.

Journey on . . . notice the questions.


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