Apparently, the commonly agreed length of the ‘Camino de Santiago’ walk is 500 miles and that is the length of the ‘Camino Frances’ which is one of the most popular routes.
As I shared last week, I am included in, via WhatsApp, my friend’s adventure as she walks out her personal Camino walk and she shares her thoughts, experiences and her photographs.
Amongst these photographs have been pictures of the Distance Markers along the way which have really given me food for thought!
I imagined myself on this path, a little out of breath, with an aching back, sore feet, the temperature out of my comfort zone and then coming around a corner to be faced with a stark notification of just how far I still have to go!
Often these Markers display the digits in triplicate, displaying the Miles, Kilometres and Leagues, assisting the diverse nationalities of the pilgrims who undertake this journey but this visual clarity punches hard and leaves quite an impact!
Clearly my friend uses a map and shares her journeys with other travellers who advise one another as, with some advance knowledge, they plan to walk through woods, villages and farmland. They are aware, in advance, of the heights involved as they plan to manage the climbs that it takes to walk across the mountains.
Whilst I have the deepest admiration for the pilgrims undertaking this journey, my blog is about walking life’s journey and the comparison in my mind has led me to ponder upon the following scriptural truths.
Psalm 139 v 16 NIV
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
John 16 v 33 NIV
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Only God knows how many miles we have to go before we sleep and I give thanks for this blessing!
Whilst I am aware that my flesh is mortal, I am so grateful that I don’t live my life with a visible stopwatch, counting down the time until the years and months turn into days, hours and minutes.
Jesus tells us, that we will meet unspecified trouble in this world but peace is found, not in foreknowledge of our lives, but in Him. We don’t know how deep the valleys may be or how high the mountains. Indeed, we don’t have the knowledge of when our journey will end or how many miles we still have to go, we are not meant to have that. We are instead called to trust fully and completely in Him.
The only map that we need for our journey is the Bible and in it we find Jesus and He is the truth, the light and the way.