I’ve seen labyrinths in churches before and always been intrigued but skeptical, but Saturday I just couldn’t walk away from it. There was no one else around, the breeze was blowing just so (it was an outdoor labyrinth), and I just couldn’t resist.
At first, I was just walking along the winding, seemingly meaningless path. But then I decided that since I was choosing to walk this thing, and I was alone, and it was obviously going to take a few minutes, I might as well use the time to be with God.
And, as He always does when we invite Him into our days, He met with me.
As I walked, I felt like I was going in circles at times, and like I was going nowhere at others.
So many times I was within reach of the center, the goal, but I still couldn’t get it.
At one point I circled past where I started and it seemed like I hadn’t made any progress. But then I realized just how far I had come.
I couldn’t help noticing exactly how much this Labyrinth relates to life. And I couldn’t help thanking God for being much more wise and faithful than I am.
Sometimes I feel like I’m just wandering, going in circles, accomplishing nothing. But the truth is that every step forward is progress. It may feel like I’m going in the wrong direction but, where I can see only a small part of the path, God sees the entire picture. He knows that every step has a purpose. A man’s steps are established by the Lord, and He takes pleasure in his way (Ps. 37:23).
Sometimes I feel like my desires, my goals, and my longings are within arms reach, but when I try to clutch them, I just can’t. God knows that there is something I still need to learn or that it just isn’t time yet.
He is the Lamp to my feet and the Light to my path (Ps. 119:105), He casts light where I am stepping to keep me from falling day-to-day and when I get discouraged or frustrated along the way, He lights up my path to give me a glimpse of what is ahead and reignite the desire.
Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires (Ps. 37:4).
And sometimes, I feel like I have ended up back where I started. Sometimes I feel like I have made no progress and the many steps I have taken were for nothing. But God knows that every experience has changed me and moved me forward and sometimes He wants to remind me of those things myself. Sometimes He wants me to look where I started just long enough to realize that I am not who I used to be. But by God’s grace I am what I am… (1 Cor. 15:10).
Sometimes life makes sense, but most of the time it doesn’t.
Sometimes we know where we’re going, but most of the time we’re walking by faith.
There will be days when it feels like dreams are within reach, and there will be days when it feels like no progress has been made.
But no matter where you find yourself on the path, no matter what you can or can’t see, Jesus walks beside You.
He is holding your hand.
He is keeping you on track.
When you fall, He catches you.
When you get frustrated, He listens and encourages you.
And when you just want to sit down, He pushes you forward.
I know this to be true because I have seen and felt it in my own life.
And because Jesus is always faithful to His promises and He promised He would never leave you (Heb. 13:5).
Whether you’re just getting started or you have been walking for ten years, keep going.
Regardless of where you find yourself on this path, you are walking with Jesus.
It doesn’t matter where you are as long as you are with Him.