Walking in Circles

Denise Vredevoogd

Read: Psalm 84

Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. (v. 5 NIV)

Curious about exploring labyrinths, I found one in a wooded area behind a local church, a grassy path lined with stones forming a symmetrical shape. A brochure nearby explained, “The labyrinth is an ancient symbol that represents wholeness. It combines the imagery of a circle and a spiral into a meandering, but purposeful, path [which] leads you slowly toward becoming centered . . . Many people use labyrinths for a ‘journey of life’ walk.” The style of labyrinth behind the church was from AD 1225. Spiritual seekers have been using them for centuries.

The skeptic in me asks what benefit comes from walking round and round? But as with many things in life, simply reading or studying about an experience doesn’t equal doing it. When our hearts are committed and open, we will receive what God wants to give us along the way. The psalmist talks about those “whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.” Their walk is intentional, even though pilgrims may not know exactly what they will find. God will provide guidance, even when life feels circuitous or monotonous.

Like a labyrinth, walking with God has many twists and turns. Yet we focus on the center, remembering that a strong relationship with him will keep us moving in the right direction, even if it feels like we’re going in circles. —Denise Vredevoogd

Prayer: Keep our eyes centered on you, God, as we walk life’s path.