Sometimes we come to a segment of our journey which we despise. These segments are filled with suffering, problems, loss, illness, deprivation…or whatever additional human discomfort we might imagine or experience. So when we enter one of these segments of life’s journey, we do what our kind tends to do – try everything we can to bypass this segment. Surely there is a way around, over, under, or otherwise escaping this terribly uncomfortable ongoing journey. So we go to God. We plead our case. We ask for another route to travel. We grow frustrated and rage. We grow weary and collapse. We “work it” until we realize God (and life) are not at our beck and call. The journey we are on is the journey we are given. God is not rescuing us this time. We have to grow up and live in the now, walking the road we are on. Ours is to learn how to deal with the journey as it is. Chronic illness, financial stress, relationship angst, under-employment, the ongoing human condition…whatever it is, we realize this is our road to travel. That’s when our calling comes down to three words. Three words which lead to a certain kind of hard-won, ragged peace.
Accept. Embrace. Walk.
Where to from here, O God?
Accept life as you know it
Accept life as you find it
This is the road you are given
You must walk this road before you can walk another
You must learn the rhythms and ruts and undulations of this road
Lay aside your hesitation; your dislike for this road
Lay aside your expectations that life should be different
Lay aside your resistance to walking this road
Embrace life as you know it
Embrace life as you find it
Your way through is through
Go beyond acceptance to engagement
You must actively absorb the lessons of this road
Embrace this road as it is
Lean into this journey
Let go the baggage of expectations and embrace the present
Lay aside preference and embrace the now
Proactively embrace the place, people, ethos on this road
You must do this
You know you must do this
You know this in your soul, deep down in your bones
You are terribly clear on this calling
And the peace of God
Ragged, hard-won, brutal at times – yet peace nevertheless
Thanks for sending this along. I will pass it on to someone who I think will appreciate it.
David M. Seymour, D.Min.
Yesir David. Thanks for the response. Blessings to you and your friend.