It’s the Journey
Most people focus on the end-result. They don’t want to know the how or why or the means to the end… they want to know what the end means to them (this, of course, is not referring to the true historians…you guys eat this stuff up). We’re happy that our car starts and takes us to our chosen destinations, but the history behind the automobile is not necessary to get there, and for some of us, it’s a boring subject anyway.
However, it’s the journey, fraught with failures, false starts, and small successes that is the cornerstone of God’s hope for us. It’s not the end, but the small, faltering steps that got us there that counts in his book. How do I know this? Just look at the Bible. Each critical character, from Joseph of the Old Testament to Paul of the New, shows us that God’s ultimate desire for us is not made in huge one-time leaps, but in small, ongoing baby steps.
I was reading a book the other day called “The Language of God” by Francis S. Collins. It’s written by one of the scientists that helped unravel the human genome. I picked it up because I wanted to understand how a man so entrenched in the world of science could find God. What I love about this man’s journey is that through science, which to him is not mutually exclusive from God, he found God’s elegant framework to life. He said of the discovery, “It is humbling for me, and awe-inspiring, to realize that we have caught the first glimpse of our own instruction book, previously known only to God.”
Now, I’m not going to jump on the subject of science vs. God, because that is not the point here. The point is that this atheist, through his work in science, found God. He didn’t take credit for the discovery but gave public credit where it was due… to God.
His journey is what God’s hope is for all of us, which is ultimately back to him one day.
So, enjoy the journey because it’s all instruction if we’re open to learn from it.
“I REVEALED MYSELF TO THOSE WHO DID NOT ASK FOR ME; I WAS FOUND BY THOSE WHO DID, NOT SEEK ME…