They might already have formed an idea of what the destination will look for, and they are constantly peering down side roads they pass, hoping to find what they are expecting. Or perhaps they really don't know what the destination will look like, but they're willing to try out whatever neon signs flash most attractively along the way.
Either way, they pull up hopefully, here and there, take a look, and sometimes even check in for awhile, but end up being disappointed. So back they go onto the road, wondering if they'll ever get there, and be able to check out of the wilderness.
And yes, I've been in that situation myself. For far too long.
But now I'm realizing that checking out of the wilderness means getting back on the road and traveling with Jesus. And checking what He (and His Father and Spirit) is doing.
Staying on the road. Forgetting about my search for the destination. And discovering that, when we travel with God, the journey is the destination with Him is what we've been seeking. And when we see it that way, we realize it isn't a wilderness after all, but the richest, most fulfilling LIFE - more than we could ever have imagined ourselves. His Life!
Jesus said something like that, didn't He? In Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message), we hear these words:
"Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest.It's how Jesus walked with His Father when He was here on earth in the 1st century AD. He listened to His Father's words and then repeated them to others. He looked to see what His Father was doing in people's hearts, and then joined in with His Father. He truly lived with the Spirit of God every moment. He prayed and sought God's guidance - and He didn't do anything unless He had that guidance.
Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
Jesus set an example for His disciples. That means us too. That's how we are supposed to live. That's what it means for us to be His disciples. We, the church, are meant to live that way, His way. That's what it means, isn't it, to be the church, to live in the Kingdom of God? To have one head, one leader, and to be united in Him. Right?
Then why, as Dan Edelen asks at cereleumsanctum,
Why then do we not do this? Why do we charge ahead and waste time on works that God is not in? ...
Jesus didn’t see what the Father is doing by any means other than a deep prayer life and listening to the Holy Spirit. You can’t fake that, though, and expect to see what the Father is doing.
Why not, indeed? It's time to stop looking for destinations that I or others have imagined or created. Time to get onto the road with Jesus, walk with Him, work with Him. Really be open to hear Him, see Him. Follow Him. Like He showed us.
Time to start. Check out of me, check out of my "destinations," and check into His journey, His way. Into Him! Now.
Please, dear Jesus. Help me to really see You, hear You, know You. To be a disciple of You. As you were of Father. Please. Thank You. Amen.