Reflections on Faith and Community

Dear friends,

On this page, you will find weekly reflections on life and faith. My hope is that, in some way, they will prove helpful to you in your daily living. You can also find them on the church's YouTube Channel in the "Weekly Word" playlist. May God bless you on the spiritual journey.

Andrew S. Odom

05/15/2018 8:31 AM

Tourist or Traveler

05/15/2018 8:31 AM
05/15/2018 8:31 AM
After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down. (Matthew 15:29)
One thing we don’t often talk about when we discuss Jesus and his ministry is how Jesus took his time. I never get the feeling that Jesus was in a rush, or at least, he didn’t seem to feel rushed. He had a calm rhythm to his work and his life. There was a lightheartedness to his demeanor, even during the most serious of situations. Sometimes he would go up a mountain to pray. Other times we find him walking along the side of the sea. You might say he had a playful posture. He was what Jaco Hamman, in his book A Play-Full Life, would call a traveler instead of a tourist.
“The boundless nature of play-fullness is beautifully portrayed in the difference between approaching life as a tourist or as a traveler,” Hamman says. “Tourists overcome vast distances at great speeds” wondering when they will arrive. “Traveler, on the other hand, discover distance, recognizing that the journey between destinations itself might be the vacation.”
Jesus was most definitely a traveler. He didn’t let the interruptions disrupt his life. Instead, he allowed the interruptions to be part of his life. He quite often welcomed them. Let me ask you. Do you focus more on arriving or on the journey? Do you simply look at people, or do you take time with people? Do you walk through life just checking off the boxes, or do you try to savor the moments you have when you have them? Are you a tourist or a traveler?