Part 1 - A Pilgrimage Through Life
Updated: Feb 14
Life is a journey of stages from birth to the grave. Sounds harsh and I don’t mean for it to. It is just a fact, but we can look at through the lenses of Christ and see an entirely different view. What is a journey? The dictionary describes it as an act of traveling from one place to another. A pilgrimage is also a journey, a sacred journey. One usually goes on a pilgrimage to a sacred place as an act of devotion. A pilgrimage is long with a specific destination. At times in life we can be on all different kinds of journeys never really knowing the end or the outcome. Some journeys are short, others may take years. When we’re on a pilgrimage through life, we know where we are headed. We don’t know when we’ll get there but we know we will…if we’ve given our lives over to Christ. If we were to divide life up into three sections (birth to 30, 30 to 60, 60 an on), then we could essentially say we are in the last third of our life. We’ve spent all our lives to get here, now what? For some, it may have simply been a journey with many bumps and bruises along the way until one day life was radically changed and your journey became your pilgrimage. For others, life has always been a pilgrimage.
Christ’s 33 years were very much a pilgrimage because He knew His Father’s voice and knew His Father’s plan. Did this make it easy? It certainly didn’t, but it made the destination so much sweeter. You and I are on a pilgrimage because we have made Jesus the Lord of our life but that hasn’t made life any easier for me. How about you? What is has done is made it possible! Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”. What does all of this have to do with the last third of our lives? I’m so glad you asked. It has MUCH to do with it! These years are hard; they’re full of change, adjustments, loss, uncertainty. Looking at those obstacles the way society sees them can just about bring on the biggest bout of depression. Thank goodness we see life through different lenses and things look so much brighter when we view our aging through the eyes of God. Despite these challenges, this pilgrimage through the last third of our life can still have meaning and joy! Philippians 2:5 reminds us to “let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus”. Remember, we have been set apart and until the pilgrimage ends, we have work yet to do. Come back next week as look at what Esther 4:14 (And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”) has to do with aging.