In The Hobbit, the main character Bilbo Baggins embarks on a journey to reclaim Erebor. He has travel companions (Gandalf the Grey and 13 dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield) who assist him. In the physical journey, Bilbo learns new and exciting things about himself – the journey within.
As I’ve been reading the book of Luke, I began to notice and ponder the journey of individuals. These were real people, engaged in every day work and living. They were touched by life in this world – great joy, sorrow, sickness, amazement, wonder, difficulties, and trials.
A priest named Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth – He would regularly journey to Jerusalem to perform his priestly duties as required. On this particular occasion, Zechariah “was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.” Then, an angel appeared to him and announced, ‘… your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, … you will have joy and gladness … he will be great before the Lord’” (Luke 1:8-15). This routine journey changed Zechariah’s life, changed his heart forever (see Luke 1:64-79).
The angel Gabriel was sent to speak with Mary. “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus” (Luke 1:26-38). Her journey began, “Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth … Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home” (Luke 1:39-56). Mary’s journey to visit with her cousin provided comfort, instruction, and much wisdom. The conversations between Elizabeth and Mary were certainly practical, meaningful, and life changing.
During your quiet time, look more closely at Jesus’ life in the book of Luke.
- 12 years old at the Temple in Jerusalem (Luke 2:41-51)
- Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13)
Life on this earth is a journey. One step at a time. Different paths, new seasons. In the midst of the journey, I want to remember it’s the journey within that will change me. The Holy Spirit will do His refining work in me and provide discipline as needed. It should be our heart’s desire to experience a growing faith. Don’t just blindly walk through the day, but rather be aware of God’s work within your heart and soul. He has a purpose for our journey.
Lord, remind me … to be more aware of Your daily presence and the purpose You have set for me.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” ~Isaiah 55:8, 9