Amy Nedrow is my guest blogger today. I met Amy just over a year ago—It was immediate heart connect because of our love for the Lord, and our love of writing. As a matter of fact, Amy was instrumental in helping me set up a blogsite a year ago. She became my friend, encourager, and technical adviser!
Welcome Amy, and thanks for being my first guest blogger!
“Why did you take this pilgrimage?” This question was asked of each person in the movie, The Way.
The movie is about a father who hikes the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in the Pyrenees for his son who died after just starting this pilgrimage.
On my journey, there have been many who asked why I took this road.
I was overcome with being able to identify with the journey. No, not because I’ve walked the 500 mile route, but because I’ve walked out what seems like just as long a journey, with all its ups and downs, in the plan God had for me.
I wonder at how we answer the question of why are we on this journey when we don’t know the destination. In the movie, the answers didn’t come easy. They each had a need, deeper than could be articulated. The reasons they spoke of were really only shadows of the real needs.
When God calls us to walk out a plan, it’s like a pilgrimage; the road gets long and tiring, and there are more questions than answers. The trip will answer some, but it seems to me it’s when we make it to the destination that we understand the why….
Because only the Lord knows our deepest needs, and only He knows the road to put us on which will take us to the destination that will answer the need.
Something else I noticed…. At first there are many pilgrims along the path and filling the inns each night, but the longer they walk, the farther they go, the fewer pilgrims there are.
I almost missed it, but it seems many don’t make it all the way.
Isn’t it the same for us? The miles before us stretch on forever with no end in sight. Weary, tired, and hurting we stop.
When the movie ended, I had such a strong need to pile up a few stones outside at the edge of my yard. To mark my journey, to remember the deeds of the Lord (Ps.77: 11-12), to set a memorial of all that was answered in the journey…I also felt the need to share this word with you, my fellow pilgrim, whoever you might be… the weary, the tired, and the hurting:
From Genesis to Acts, God repeats: “I am with thee”.
He is with thee pilgrim, all along your path, however long it may be, and He will never leave thee.
Journeys do end, and new beginnings are right around the corner. Make the most of the trip.
Whatever you are struggling with, wherever you may be, Jesus is there by your side.
That’s not just empty words; it is my real life experience with Him.
In every situation He was there for me.
So, to you who are struggling, hurting, lonely, or hopeless – He is there, loving you, and listening to every thought, every word.
Talk to Him, rest in Him, lean on Him, and you will see things begin to change.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” (John 14:6).
Amy Nedrow, an unlikely writer with no formal training yet called by the Lord, is the author of: Dreams and Other Things blog: http://anedrow.wordpress.com/. A pastor friend suggested writing a blog, and with that nudge, a blogger was born. With Jesus as the primary topic of the blog, Amy takes personal life experiences to relate biblical truth in a limitless range of topics, such as: The Heart of God for us, Jesus in us and us in Him, Prison Ministry, Godly dream interpretation, relationships, true forgiveness and more. With a Spirit lead pen in hand, Amy stands ready to write when the Lord calls, unlikely as it was, now a writer for Him.
Thanks again Amy for blogging with us today!