“Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.”
Psalm 84:5 (NIV)
Pilgrimage-- a journey, especially a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion: a pilgrimage to Lourdes. (1)
When we learn to rely on the Lord God for our needs, He smiles down and grants us favor— His kindness.
As we grow in the Lord, we learn that we walk with Him and He with us. At times, those paths are straight and the going is easy; we enjoy that time with our Savior.
However, we have times when that walk is uphill, maybe just a slight rise. Then we have step hills, small mountains, to climb. We still keep plodding, not really moving forward but we continue to put one foot in front of the other. We become weary and frustration mounts inside of us.
All at once, the path levels out and we can see our destination ahead. We look back and see that area we have come through. We breathe a prayer of thanks and praise to God and we realize that He gave us the strength for the journey.
As I posted this message, I realized that I have been on a pilgrimage, most of my adult life. I can say that God has guided me through so many of those uphill climbs .I thank him for loving me enough to stay with me during those tough days.
1.) Dictionary.com /browse/pilgrimage (accessed Aug. 1, 2016