If you haven’t had a time in your life where your future is uncertain, then you haven’t given God control. Without fail every interview I have ever had has consisted of the question, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” or “Where would you like to end up?” You are expected to have a life plan. You are supposed to have an answer when your long lost friend asks what you are doing with your life. Learn from my mistake, if TSA asks what you do for a living the answer, “I don’t know” is not what they are looking for. They don’t like that. Still, we need to be okay with not having a concrete plan for our life because God does, whether He has revealed that to us or not.
For me, The Journey was about trust. It was about God saying to me, “Look at those mountains. If I can create the very world you live on in seven days, can I not give you everything you need and much, much more?”
The Journey came at that awkward in between stage where college ends and adult life hasn’t fully taken shape. The Journey taught me what others have exemplified to me; that it is okay to say that you don’t have your life planned out. That you are trusting God one-step at a time. That your answer to those questions are, “I’m just trusting God to lead me”.
C.S Lewis wrote a book titled The Screwtape Letters. The fictional book is in the form of letters written by a demon named Screwtape to his apprentice nephew Wormwood. Screwtape writes to Wormwood giving him advice on how to deter humans from seeking a life controlled by God and says, “We want a whole race perpetually in pursuit of the rainbow’s end, never honest, nor kind, nor happy now, but always using a mere fuel wherewith to heap the altar of the future every real gift which is offered them in the Present.”
Our continual obsession with living for the future takes us away from experiencing the present. While The Journey requires hours of planning (just ask Lucas), the plan doesn’t trump stopping for the unexpected surprise.
When you’re driving through Glacier National Park and a bear runs across the road, if you keep driving and don’t stop to see it because that wasn’t in the plan you are missing the point. If you decide to bypass jumping off of rocks into crystal clear glacier water because it wasn’t in the itinerary, you are missing out.
If you don’t stop to see the seals in San Francisco, get coffee at the first Starbucks, or put gum on the Gum Wall in Seattle you’ll probably still live a happy, healthy life; but you will forego some pretty great experiences. If you have the option of staying home and planning out your life, or taking a road trip with friends to see the world God created for you and you pick staying home, you may just need to give over that control to God. You never know, you may get a phone call in the middle of The Journey and it’s God revealing part of His plan for you.
The Journey of a Learner
Lewis, C. (2002). The Screwtape Letters. London, U.K.: Harper Collins.