Once again, a word has captured my thinking. These mysterious prompters, as I call them, come from common sources.
The word that began this reflection was found in a thought-provoking book that I received from my wife for our 60th wedding anniversary. The book, titled “Daily Calm,” with beautiful photographs and thought-provoking words, has given me much pleasure. The word that captured my thinking was “river.” As I looked at the photograph, with its crooks and turns, as well as its straight paths, I began to compare it to my faith journey.
The crooks and turns, and the straight paths, illustrate the path that I have been on for the past 20-plus years. The words by A.A. Milne added to that feeling. “Rivers know this: There is no hurry. We shall get there someday.”
So often, I have been in a hurry to move along faster on my journey of faith. The photograph of the river wandering across the landscape reminded me of my wandering, as I did my wandering in books, classes and reading.
There were times when I wanted to give up as I moved across the journey of faith development. There were times the path was straight, and I moved ahead quickly. At other times, I hit blocks and did not know where to go next. I looked at the beautiful example of the river, which seeks another way when the way becomes blocked.
The words with the photograph says it all: “Rivers know this: There is no hurry. We shall get there someday.”
Does your faith journey seem to move along, or has it stopped, blocked by some unknown force? Remember, “We shall get there someday.”
Ken Bauman is a spiritual director and a member of Christ United Methodist Church. "From the Pulpit" runs on the Saturday faith pages and features reflections from area religious leaders. To contribute, contact Life Editor Meredith Williams at 701-429-1749 or firstname.lastname@example.org.