See the steps in this photograph? I took this picture from the car while sitting at a stoplight in Pittsburgh more than a year ago. I don’t know if the steps lead to another sidewalk or directly to a house.
To find out exactly where they go I would have had to get out of the car and walk up the steps.
I would have had to put one foot in front of the other and take one step at a time.
I would have had to venture into the unknown because I don’t know exactly what is at the top of the steps.
Unlike these steps that lead directly to the door. Without question, if I were to walk up these steps I would reach the door at the end.
Life’s journey is not always down a clear path. There are bumps and turns and I don’t see the way as clearly as I would like to sometimes. But I must continue walking down the road.
I can’t just stop and sit. Waiting until I can see the end result.
As I enter this new year I recognize that I am on a journey. And this journey may lead me into places that I don’t really want to go, but it may also lead me to places that I am excited to visit.
I am reminded of the wise men who journeyed to see Jesus. They were told to follow the star and they did. It wasn’t a short trip. Yet, they continued on.
Last Sunday, we celebrated The Epiphany. The priest said the wise men were on “a journey of hope.”
That is how I want to view my journey…as one of hope.
So, I enter the new year focusing on the hope.
The hope I have in Jesus.
The hope I have in being his child.
The hope that will sustain me as I travel an unknown path.
Where is your hope?