Journey in the Woods

Take a journey with me into the woods.  The morning air is brisk, yet calm and peaceful.  As you embark into the woods, you aren’t sure where the journey will take you.  You just know that God knows.  This journey you are pursuing is not just an earthly journey through the woods, but a spiritual journey.  Your mind is open to what God wants you to see, hear, smell, or touch.  It is His tour.  He is guiding you through the trails laid before you.  As you enter the woods, everything looks brown with no room for color.  Suddenly you hear a choir from Heaven, a delight to your ears, as the birds sing a beautiful tune to you and the creek beside you flows along enhancing the rhythm.  As you walk along, the leaves beneath your feet crunch with each step and sprinkled throughout, you see signs of life, of hope, as you marvel at the tiny purple flowers along the path.  There is life and beauty amongst the dullness and death.  There are many knots along the way reminding you of the tangles and knots in your life.  If only God could help you sort them and find the base of their entanglement.  Further into the path, the creek is jammed and the flow of the water finds another route.  The gentle peaceful flow begins to flow faster and more rapid when obstacles are in its way.  Yet the creek continues to flow despite the changes.  You finally reach a clearing, your destination to talk with God about all you have seen, to understand what He is telling you through all that you have seen, heard, smelt or touched.  He looks at you and asks you, have you seen the beauty in the midst of the dullness, in the knots, and in the obstacles?  You ponder His question and realize that all that you have seen are parallels to your life, the sorrow, lack of joyful moments, the entanglements and adversity.  Then you realize that in the midst of this, you have also seen hope, beauty and peaceful surrender.  At this very moment, you realize that the scenery before you was perfectly placed, just as the things in your life have been perfectly placed.  You sit in the clearing for a moment and surrender your will, knowing that the fruit of what you have seen, heard, touched or smelt in the woods, despite the wilderness surrounding you, is a result of hope and life.  At that moment, you feel peaceful, unafraid, and joyful because you are loved and you are not alone.  Your journey bears fruit in the midst of all things, including adversity and sorrow.  As you begin to journey out, you see a butterfly leading your way, a sign of your transformation from death to life.

Author: joannsblog2016

I enjoy learning about my faith and spending time in prayer in nature, in the chapel or in my prayer chair. Many years ago, my journey began when I was re-awakened in my faith when I asked God what my purpose was. He answered by setting me on fire and I have been journeying with Him since.

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