Forgive me for using an old Bob Seger lyric, but it’s descriptive of what our lives are like when we try to live without spiritual guidance. As in the above lithograph of John Bunyan’s Christian, every day we face choices across the entire landscape of our existence, and if we rely on nothing but reason and intellect and emotion and all the other extant influences of the natural world we will constantly find ourselves making bad decisions and heading down dangerous roads.
Despite our prideful self-delusions of control, the truth of the matter is that life is replete with mysteries, the depth of which none of us, in himself, has the slightest clue how to fathom. The natural man, in his unbelief, relies on all the wrong information and as a result comes up with all the wrong answers. Even the Christian person faces the challenge of understanding God’s will for his life, and struggles daily to find the path God has laid out for him. This path only becomes clearer with spiritual growth, and unfortunately spiritual growth is a neglected concept in the church and in the mindset of many believers.
We are all working on mysteries. But the justified have access to every clue necessary to finding the path. The trick is to attune ourselves to those clues, so that we might access them when faced with decisions.
I’m facing two of those decisions, right now. In this space I want to discuss one of them, in the hopes that by sharing the process with you we will both learn something and at the same time I will move forward toward clarity for myself. This is the essence of the Pilgrim journey.
Some weeks ago I discovered that the Angel Food ministries program of food distribution to the needy and the working poor had gone out of business. I’ve had some experience with this program in my churches, and I know that it has been a Godsend to many families. Upon learning that the program had closed, I was immediately prompted to see if there were any replacement programs in our area.