Ocheltree Midweek Devotion
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where—” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “—so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation. “Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.” —Chapter 6, Pig and Pepper, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is noteworthy for its ability to say something that has face value but carries incredible depth. The above is just one such example. It seems that today we are still struggling with the same issues that the world faced in Carroll’s day. We become so wrapped up in our journey, that we forget to end up somewhere. We become Alice. It does not matter where we end up, as long as we get there.
The results are disastrous. Because we lose focus on our destination and our goals, we end up floundering through life. Wasting precious opportunities and resources to end up in the exact same place. The Bible states that we ought to not only know our destination but pursue it with a single-mindedness. That we can Glorify the Creator and draw others closer to Him.
Let us not be so wrapped up in the journey that the journey becomes the destination.
[Ecc 2:17-18 KJV] 17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun [is] grievous unto me: for all [is] vanity and vexation of spirit. 18 Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.
[Phl 3:12-14 KJV] 12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
[Phl 3:20 KJV] 20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: