Summer adventures often involve some kind of road trip. Whether it is a trip to the cottage or a trip farther away for a vacation time, every trip sparks something inside of us.
Traveling stirs up something, as we anticipate the fun, the adventure and even just work at enjoying the journey. God calls all of us to enjoy the journey of seeking Him and coming to Him.
Ps 84:5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
Pilgrimage is a journey, going to a holy place, and seeking an encounter. So when we set our hearts on encountering God and going after Him, it sets us into a path of blessing and finding a strength in God that will fuel our pilgrimage.
Our family trips always are marked by excitement and anticipation of the good things. But the journey can be a little frustrating. We face the comments of “Are we there yet?” Or “how much longer?” Those frustrations help you know that your heart really has to be in it to do the journey. If you have any doubt it would be easy to go home.
Have you ever camped in the rain? Did it ruin the trip or did you splash in puddles? Our journeys all have challenges, and at times the cost of the challenge can make us feel like we should give up and go home. But having our strength in God helps us to keep going and find our way.
Pilgrimage is a place we travel to learn, so we can walk out life differently.
Isa 2:3. Many people’s will come and say, “Come, let us go to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob, He will teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths.”
The amazing part of Christian pilgrimage is that it can happen internally. We don’t have to go to a specific physical place, for we are really going to a spiritual one, and the presence of God is the destination. My heart is set on pilgrimage even when sitting in my own backyard, because the longing is to meet with God and follow him.
So stir up your own heart and plan the road trip for your spirit to meet with God. The blessings of that journey are far better than a t-shirt from a vacation spot.