CAMINO DAY THIRTY TWO
Triacastela to Sarria 19 km
Adjusted actual 21km
(ONLY 115 km left to walk.)
“Maturity, one discovers, has everything to do with the acceptance of not knowing.”
Mark Z. Danielewski
House of Leaves
Let’s chat about uncertainty and not knowing.
Today we walked the entire journey in fog and mist. We climbed an amazingly steep mountain early this morning and at the top were rewarded with incredible views of cloud shrouded valleys below.
Then our path led us to descend down into those valleys and the thick clouds that had just taken our breath away were all around us. Very quickly, the visibility and walking experience was a whole other thing. We were faced with not knowing where we were heading and had an uncertainty of when this journey would end. At times we could see no more than 20m ahead. It was damp and cold and you could see ghost-like pilgrims faintly on the road ahead.
There are pretty clear parallels to life here. You may have finished a job, a relationship, be in a season of sickness and hardship…and the way ahead seems clouded and unclear. Keep walking. We didn’t want to stay in the fog and mist…we were keen to get to Sarria, our final destination.
We learnt a few things about the clouded and uncertain valley seasons today:
They are uncomfortable
They bring coldness
The way is not always clear
Others huddle close to try to make it through
Regular warm comfort is needed
You need to trust in where you are headed
Keep walking and don’t stay there
Our Shepherd (Jesus) walks the cloud-filled valleys with us
Oh, and great relief comes when the clouds lift
“Your unfailing love, O Lord , is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.”
Psalms 36:5 NLT
Our thoughts also went regularly today to those fleeing their homes in Syria. They are trying to find safety and comfort for themselves and those they love, however, their cloudy days will be vast and their valleys long.
Please pray for them.
Please give to ease their sufering a little.
Thanks for walking with us today.