Sunday, July 5, 2009

Keep Walking

“What joy for those whose strength comes from the LORD, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.” Psalm 84:5

Pilgrimage. A journey to a sacred place. A new destination. A change. Wherever you are right now you do not have to remain. It’s about forgetting the past…looking ahead…moving on.

The Psalmist isn’t describing a physical move, but an intellectual one. It’s not a geographical location, but a mind adjustment and a heart's position.

Where is your mind today? What is your focus? Disappointment? Resentment? Heartache? Envy? Pride?

Last Sunday my friend Cheri reminded me of Colossians 3 where Paul encourages us to set our minds up. I loved her choice of words. Set my mind UP!

Father, I pray You will keep me from being weighed down with cares and concerns that interfere with my journey. When my thoughts want to pitch a tent and set up camp in the valley of despair, Lord, don’t allow my heart to settle there. Keep me from being caught in the quicksand of doubt or detained by a forest of difficulties. Father, may Your strength enable me to resist the enticement of other travellers who have built homes and become permanent residents here, becoming citizens of grudges, unforgiveness and regrets. Even a short rest could prove dangerous. Discontent breeds among commiserating companions. Give me an urgency so that sand has no time to collect in my shoes. Let a cloud of dust bear witness to my minds constant walk.

As a George Harrison song title says, Father, today, “I got my mind set on You.”

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Anonymous said...

Joy, thank you so much for the encouragement. Your words are so UPlifting! I thank the Lord and you for this week of sharing.
God bless you!


Tami and Bobby Sisemore Family said...

That was very much an encouraging post for me today! Thank you so much for sharing that. Lots of changes have happend in my life lately but I can be content in knowing God is in control of my journey :)


Anonymous said...


Thank you for your post today and for your all your teaching this week. I posted earlier this week about submitting to being 'sharpened'. I believe God has answered my prayer about what He wants me to change with your post today...To not be weighted down with cares and concerns that interfere with my journey. To keep walking with Him and placing my hope and trust with our loving God.

Feeling a weight off my shoulders as I learn over and over to surrender to Him. Thanks for your encouragement and prayers.


elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Just this morning, my husband preached about being a church "on the move", based on the Scripture from Matthew 9:26. Our God is an "on the move" God. He has given us the joy of sacred participation. Let's keep moving forward this week.

Love you friend.