So, I say to you, ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (Luke 11:9-10).
It has been a week now since my sabbatical began. It's been a fairly busy week, getting ready for my departure to England. I think I'm as prepared as I can be, though there are still a few things left to tend to. That I'm on sabbatical hasn't completely sunk in yet. But it will soon enough (I have to leave the country first!).
I want to take to hear this passage from Luke 11, which invites us to pursue God. ask, seek, knock -- and you will find what you're looking for. The question is -- what am I looking for? Well, as I head to England I am expecting to discover God's presence in new and different places, with new and different people.
In this first step of my sabbatical journey -- my trip to England -- I am looking to my roots, to the faith into which I was born. To walk into a church that has stood for a thousand years, like the cathedral at Salisbury or Westminster Abbey will be powerful. Walking the streets of Oxford will take me back centuries as well. Of course not everything will be old, but I think for an American pilgrim it is the old that will draw me in most. To us in this country that has been my home for fifty-five years (all of my life), something that is 250 years old is ancient. The Roman ruins at Bath will take me back even further than the cathedral at Salisbury.
Yes, the journey is about to begin. And I am ready to step into what God has prepared for me!