January 29, 2013

THE PILGRIMAGE




¨Blessed are those whose strength is in You,
who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.¨ 
Psalm 84:5

Do we understand that we are on a spiritual journey?  All the time?  This brings a sacredness into every day.  It looks like we have a choice to "set our hearts" on this or not.  To enter into it and fully engage with Him.  And it seems clear that if we've set our heart on "pilgrimming" with Him, there is blessing for those who intentionally choose Him as their Source for their journey.

"As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
they make it a place of springs."
Ps 84:6

Every journey has a Valley of Baca  (or various ones).  But the ones who have set their hearts on His spiritual pilgrimage for them gain rich spiritual experience in the dark valleys.  The Valley of Baca is also translated the Place of Tears.  Tears are salty.  They are the result of sorrow, hardship, loss, distress, grief, etc.  Yet as we journey with Him we gain maturity - and He gives us insight - on how to convert even those places into a "place of springs".  Springs are sweet.  They are refreshing and welcome and often spring up in places we don't expect

"the autumn rains also cover it with pools."
Ps 84:6b

God Himself brings in rain - cleansing autumn rains that water the dry, summer land, rains that refresh from the heat and usher in a welcome transition to a cooler, more colourful season. He generously gives so much water that the land of our thirsty hearts soaks it up and even overflows into pools of water around us.  I think others must notice this water pooling up around us...I hope that they will notice it around me and be drawn in...

"They go from strength to strength,
Til each appears before God in Zion."
Ps 84:7

Our spiritual pilgrimage with Him is not only meant to strengthen us but to help us discover new and unlikely places of strength.  These places can be very surprising & unexpected - even unwanted.  In much of the terrain I've traversed, I was woefully inadequate at discerning His voice in it.  I am learning how essential it is to hear Him...no matter what the terrain.  In this listening I am discovering whole new "strengths" for my heart.  When I set my heart on His pilgrimage and not my version of the trip,  I will journey between strength & strength until I see Him face to face.

Praying you'll be blessed today in your journey.




Photo by:  Outdoor Sports



2 comments:

  1. what an amazing photograph!!! And I love the imagery of pilgrimage...

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  2. Lovely. I love the images of water--tears, springs, pools--I thirst and cry and He overflows living, life-giving water. I will think on this and draw encouragement! Thanks!

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