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Day 9: Faith for the Journey

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will direct your paths.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6

I came across a blog recently that existed for the sole purpose of capturing the author’s random thoughts and experiences. I didn’t stay for long because it felt like a grasping at the wind in the hopes of catching a falling leaf. I have enough of my own randomly bizarre thoughts, thank you very much. In fact, they keep me awake at night.

Random is fine for things like Saturday afternoon lunch or mismatched socks hidden beneath a pair of boots, but it doesn’t work for a journey. I know this because I am the ultimate non-planner when we travel to new locations. I like to show up and see how I feel about getting up early or visiting a museum or booking a restaurant. This works for trips to the local park. Not so much for a visit to a foreign city.

My husband tries to coach me in this. He attempts to lead by example. He makes suggestions. Then he resorts to lists. Then the occasional threat. On a recent trip to Geneva, we walked miles, MILES, out of our way because I kind of forgot to check if public transport ran in the direction of our destination. I have countless stories I could share with you in which I resorted to random, instead of recognizing this fails in most situations—especially those involving children, international travel and life dreams.

A lot of people believe this journey we’re on, this one of chronos time and flesh and bone, is an experiment in randomness. If I believed this as truth, I don’t know that I could take another step on the path. I have to believe the journey serves a purpose. I have to believe the path is planned. I have to believe someone all-seeing, all-knowing, all-powerful, knows every road block and crooked turn. I have to hold fast to the belief that someone directs my steps, even when they lead me on paths I’d rather not follow.

Here on the journey, I learn to cling to faith and resist the false gospel of random. Here I learn to trust.

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