Guest Post by Leonie van der Berg
Sometimes it feels like we are so focused on the goal or destination that we forget about the journey and everything that happens on our way there. Recently I thought, “How great it would be if my life could be captured on video somewhere and saved on a very private google drive folder”. I could then replay it, reflect on it and learn from the special moments, thoughts, growth opportunities, feelings, uncomfortable situations and challenges.
Growth opportunities happen in the highs and the lows.
The words written by a Spanish writer, Rosalia da Castro, have been on my mind for some time and the more I read it, the clearer the words and their meaning become. “I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” What grabbed my attention was the fact that although we do not know exactly where our paths may lead, it should inspire and encourage us to take the journey.
“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” Rosalia da Castro
The journey is unpredictable
I believe that there is so much more value in the journey than in the destination itself. God uses the events and opportunities on our way to prepare us for where we are headed. I recently started asking questions (more to myself than to God) about why it takes so long (obviously too long, in my opinion) for us to start a family. After many emotional questions, God drew my attention back to my journey instead of the destination.
He made me aware of so many things that I have learned during this time; about Him, myself, others, and especially my marriage. I was so focused on the destination that I did not see the opportunities God created to heal my own insecurities, make my marriage a priority, support other people, and fully experience God’s grace and unconditional love in my life.
It’s about the journey.
Whatever your destination or goal, embrace the journey because there is so much to see and learn. Our experiences, growth opportunities, and thoughts can add so much value to the people around us. People can learn from what you’ve gone through in your life: your experiences, lessons, discoveries and growth opportunities.
It’s often not the destination that connects us with people, but the journey.
Our lives are filled with “to-do’s” and “must-do’s” with endless daily responsibilities which limit us to embrace the personal discovery and growth moments; so, capture your journey! Write it down, start a journal using words, or pictures, draw, paint, create, share it with someone, send yourself an email (oh yes, I’m thinking of doing this), or make a note on your phone (already doing this). It does not matter how we choose to capture our journey as long as we embrace it on the path to our destination.
God creates opportunities on our journey to know Him and make Him known. He can’t wait to share His thoughts and ideas with you.
“You’re blessed when you get your inside world – your mind and heart – put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. Matthew 5: 8 (MSG)
It might not feel like it, but the 21-day National Lockdown that was implemented by our President on the 26th of March 2020 is part of our journey.
Let’s embrace it by using the time available to reflect on our ‘destinations’ and start capturing our journey. There is something new to learn about God, ourselves, the world, and other people every day and every moment.
Some personal reflection for you to try:
Choose a word (a week or a month) and focus your attention on finding things/events in your day surrounding that word. You will be amazed at how much pops up unexpectedly.
Take a few minutes each day or at the end of each week to reflect and capture your journey. These are some questions I’m asking myself or things that I think about that helps me “capture” with purpose:
- What happened this week/today?
- What are some things/events/thoughts/moments that stood out, and why?
- What did people say or do that struck me?
- What did I struggle with, what challenges did I face, and how did I overcome it?
- What are some things that I want to do different tomorrow/next week/next month?
- Did I notice something that made me think, and what were my thoughts?
- Did I learn something from someone today?
- What did I learn about myself/others?
- Was there anything the Holy Spirit made me aware of today/this week?
- What scripture or song did I think about (write it down and talk to God about it)?
Once you make reflections part of your journey, you will be surprised at the significance of every day and every moment.
The most crucial part is that you “capture” it so that you can embrace your journey.
Remember the Journey in Life is not just about the destination, but about what happens on the way there.
Leonie has been married for eight years and they own a dog who runs the household. By her own admission she says that she is an over-thinker and because of this she often over-loves. “My family and friends means the world to me. I work as an Early Childhood Development Training Facilitator and absolutely love my job, although I’m still searching for my calling, I’m excited about what God has in store for me daily.”
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