Friday, September 7, 2018

Prayer Labyrinth Wandering

We are currently in Boston sharing with people about the ministry in Uganda. Today we got to take a few hours and meander around town. We came across a church just opposite the commons. It said open so we went in. The church was completely empty as it was a Thursday early afternoon. They had removed all of the old pews from the church which left a tiled floor wide open. In the middle of the floor was a prayer labyrinth.

I first heard of one of these several years back when I used to ride my bike to work and I would pass a church on the corner that invited people to come and walk their prayer labyrinth. Once I did a little research and found out what it was I kept telling myself one day I would stop and walk it, but I never did. Today was a new day. I decided that I would walk this labyrinth today. So today, Ruudy waited patiently as I walked this labyrinth. I couldn't put it off any longer.
I began, a little unsure at first, cuz after all this was my first time, and I wasn't completely sure what exactly to do. But I just started walking the maze and praying. It wasn't like lightening struck and I fell face down or anything, but slowly I began hearing what the Lord had to say to me in that moment. As I wandered back and forth and around, sometimes closer to the center, sometimes further, sometimes on long stretches and some times barely moving forward before turning again, I could hear the Lord whispering to my heart, "seasons."
I've heard it before, but He knew I needed to hear it again. Some seasons are quick and easy, some short and hard, some seem like they are never going to end, and others I wish would go on forever, sometimes I feel so near to Him, and in some seasons He feels so far. But in each season He is still at the center, and ultimately all of my wandering and seeking Him is indeed leading me closer to Him. It all moves around Him at the center, and as long as He is my anchor, each season will pass and I will draw closer still. As I made it to the center of the circle at the end of the labyrinth journey, there was a peace that settled in my heart. Having reached my final destination, I was finally where I had wanted to be the whole time.
"We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf" Hebrews 6:19-20a.