Everyone is on a journey. A pastor said that this weekend as he drew blue dots on the white board. Everyone is on a journey and that blue dot represents when that journey began and life is the blue, uneven line connecting that squiggly dot to the cross.
I imagine life as a series of those blue dots connected together through time and existence…thought and passion. Each dot seems casually and chaotically leading us into the next point, that point on to the next one. And even when it seems we were the ones in control, or that the dots themselves were haphazardly leading us to no where in particular, from my position in front of the whiteboard I can see a design. It matters little where you are, there is an author writing these points in our lives, leading us towards a cross and a relationship that transforms us. The pastor claimed the dots began with our conversion, but really there were a hundred million points in our lives before, building us up to that one point, the best point of every story: Climax.
I’m excited. It’s one of those lazy type afternoons at the office. I’ve finished all my work and I can enjoy the quiet, thoughtfully, as the calm before the storm begins. I am experiencing a transition of dots, so to speak. I know I am. I watch the clock tick, tick, tick down the seconds, the minutes, and the hours. I have, right now 48 minutes until the next dot. How do I know? I am having a meeting.
In short I am meeting a woman to talk about her experience as a pastor. My hope is that her experience will add to the long history I have with the question of women in leadership. Maybe it won’t be her stance that I enjoy as much as the sense that I am FINALLY making headway and moving forward…moving dots.
Journeys are about movement. Taking steps to grow, to become free of past lies, to transition into other things. Story comes out of the journey and the transition. This particular story is about freedom from old lies, clarity of the truth, and becoming human again.
This is, perhaps, the best of all stories. The one where, as the hero concludes their chapter in time, they are closer to being who they were meant to be all along.
So how about you? What are the dots saying about your story?