“It is not the destination that is important but it is the journey itself!” – Joyce Rupp
A mentor of mine a few years back introduced me to a book from Joyce Rupp called Open the Door. This six-week daily prayer guide was just what I needed as I processed through the end of my time as a part-time intern at my church and tried to figure out God’s next steps for my life.
The author’s writing style and thought patterns were both fresh and new to me as she wrote in a way that wove “insights from East and West with the wisdom of contemporary spiritual writers, poets, and novelists in a practical format that is just right for contemporary readers.” At the time, I just soaked it right up!
This specific quote was not sharing a concept that was new to me of course (as I’m sure I’d heard that general sentiment from various other people over the years) but was simply a case of the right words at the right time. And sometimes that can be very important to recognize as things catch our attention anew.
You see, I had entered into the internship with my church as a way of deciding whether or not I should possibly attend seminary and go into full-time ministry. Through it all, I discovered that this was not the case for me (at least not at that point in my life). This was a bit discouraging to learn after investing so much time and energy into the discernment process.
Joyce Rupp’s quote, however, allowed me to remember that nothing on my life journey is ever wasted in God’s eyes. Which was something I desperately needed to hear at that point in my life and still need to come back to from time to time. I realized it was not as much a question of where I ended up in my career path but more about how I allowed God to mold and shape me along the way. And this is something still very applicable in my life right now!
What about you? Is there something in your life right now or from your past that you feel seems to have “wasted” your time or energy? How can you allow God to remind you He can still use that piece in your life?
May this verse from Isaiah 43:19 help as you process through those questions:
“See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.”