‘Not all those who wander are lost’
This is a line from a poem that appears in JRR Tolkein’s ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’, the first instalment of the epic ‘Lord of the Rings’. It describes ‘Strider’, the mysterious character who will soon become known as Aragorn, or the ‘King’ in waiting.
It describes the experience that many of us who are exploring the Christian faith and tradition for all it’s worth, perhaps perceived as heretical by some, liberal by others or even progressive by a few. Whatever label we give it, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is the willingness to be open and enquiring, embracing doubt and uncertainty along the way. It doesn’t mean we’re lost.
Wandering is a vital part any journey. If we end up just focusing on whatever destination we think we’re travelling towards, we might just miss out on the incredible sights that we’re supposed to notice on the way. It also provides us with the space to push and pull and poke and figure out and seek to understand the many mysteries we encounter.
Here’s to a life of wandering and wondering…