In less than 24 hours I will once again recall a year past, say: “thank you,” remind everyone of my age –celebrate my birthday, in consequence be reminded again of a milestone in my life journey that is both exciting and demanding.
As I write this my heart beats albeit restlessly because at present my journey is not what I would call ‘well.’ I have a lot of things happening and at times I honestly feel like I a twig in the middle of a whirlwind and at times it seems like I am hanging on a thread. So writing about life as a journey for me is quite difficult, partly because there’s that persistent discomfort that I myself am wishing that I’d be relieved of.
It has been said that life on earth can be considered as a journey –thus it is an activity that transcends time and space wherein environments, culture and values play a vital role and not to mention are formed afterwards acquired as a means upon which we interpret reality –thus forming us into the persons that we are.
For the Christian however, it involves more than a journey –rather it is a call to discipleship under, with, in and for God. The Swiss theologian Emil Brunner notes that: “truth is experience and encounter,” with the God who is presented in Scripture as the God who is calling and offering Man to walk with Him –thus inviting us to a journey upon which we are called to live faithfully, and be formed in such a way that he would bring glory to his Maker, Redeemer and King not only in this life but also in eternity.
Having said that life is a journey we must take into account what a journey is in the first place, and we can say that it is like taking a trip to a foreign country however without venturing into such we can also say that it can be found mainly in the ordinariness of our lives where we often find ourselves always navigating to different locations, meeting new people, learning different language, and adjusting different cultures and customs, therefore rendering it both exciting and demanding. It is interpersonal in nature, as it is an encounter with ‘another,’ –an encounter between the ‘I’ and ‘Thou’.
It is a journey that begins with Divine revelation of which the Patriarchal narratives of Genesis outstands as classic examples notice how each of the principal characters (Abraham, Jacob and Joseph) are required to leave their home and each story ends with a burial at their ancestral grave, thus pronouncing a return from their journey to their roots.
What is interesting now about life on earth is that we are all called in the here and now to embark on a journey –in Christ we are all invited to venture into the unknown with Jesus in much the same way that He summoned His followers with the words: “come!” It is interesting to note here that all this takes place within human history along the backdrop of the lives that the disciples were living in at the time which in a way implies that: “history is where God works; He is concerned about what happens here. He has placed us in history and given us work to do also right here and now.”
Therefore, it can be looked at as a call that we are also reminded that Christ being God in flesh entails that we are also called to give flesh out in both word and deed, Christ’s liberating presence through space and time, thus reminding us of the call to be involved in the affairs of society because that is where history unfolds.
Hence to venture into a journey with God begins and ends with an encounter God who calls us to action –to bear witness to Himself and His work that enters into human history to dispel the forces of repression and death.
It is a journey that has its cost –a cost that at times would entail bearing the weight of the Cross which bids us to lose ourselves in the process of discipleship that must transcend all comprehension and facets of our lives. Again it is a journey that is both exciting and demanding.
 Brunner, Emil. Truth As Encounter (Louisville: WJK, 1964 ) p.115
 Brown, Robert McAfee. The Bible Speaks To You (Louisville WJK. 2001) p. 290