Walking the Labyrinth

A couple of years ago a local church installed a prayer labyrinth  on their property and yesterday I walked it for the first time.  I had never walked any prayer labyrinth before and I was surprised at how easy it was to enter into deep thought/prayer while walking it.  You just fall into a rhythm of walking one foot in front of the other.  One of the things that would happen every so often as I walked was that the path would turn me in a direction that seemed to be taking me away from the center of the labyrinth.  The center, the brochure at the entrance had explained was, where you reached the destination of sitting with God.  I guess I had never looked closely at a labyrinth before, but the path to that center is a winding one.  Although I kept hitting turns which looked like they were leading me away from the center, by just putting one foot in front of the other, I was moving ever closer to the center.  Which, I think, is just like our lives are like.  So often we mistake a turn which seems to be taking us further from God or our goal and lose faith.  We think that our path should be direct and preferably quick.  But no great story ever unwinds that way.  And it’s only by continually putting one foot in front of the other that we can get to the place where we can see that those reversals were actually just part of the path we needed to follow to get to where we needed to be.  And that’s the reminder that the labyrinth had for me yesterday.

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