I recently saw The Shack. It is a wonderful, beautiful movie with so many pearls of wisdom, so many moments that make things seem so clear. I am sure that there are different parts of that movie that speak to people in different ways, depending on their circumstances and their life experiences. For me, the part of the movie that pierced my heart was so hidden, but so powerful.
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are taking Mac to a beautiful destination. As they are walking, Mac asks, “So where are we going?” Papa immediately says, “Take a look around and enjoy the journey.” That line took my breath away because it hit so close to home. This is a lesson that has taken me seven years to learn…and I am still struggling with. It was a lesson that began with having to leave everything I had planned and many people I love. To leave a place I thought I would be at forever and to take a job I knew nothing about. I look back on that, on before the move when I kept asking God to help me in this new journey…always using the word journey. And then coming here and my first retreat was focused on our journey. And then I became involved in running and through running I kept learning to enjoy the journey of running and not to get so caught up in the race. And yet still, still I struggle constantly with wanting to know my destination. Constantly I ask God to show me what it is I’m supposed to be doing, where I’m supposed to be going. I want to plan my future. I am always looking ahead.
But God is not ahead. And God is not behind. God is now. God is here. How many times must God be whispering to us that we are precisely where we are meant to be? How many times must He be trying to tell us to stop focusing on where we are going and instead to live, to love, to trust right where we are? Who is in control? Is it you…or is it Him?
That line in that movie, “Take a look around and enjoy the journey”, was a beautiful reminder of what my Father is probably whispering to me every day. He is right where we are–we only need to let go of constantly looking for the destination and instead look to Him and enjoy the incredible journey He is on with us.