When they found him, they said to him,
“Everyone is searching for you.”
He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns,
so that I may proclaim the message there also;
for that is what I came out to do.”
Rest is good, and rootedness is a blessing.
But beware the grasping nest.
Beware of the familiar, the comfortable, the trap.
Follow him. Go on.
Perhaps to other towns and villages,
or rooted in one faithful place,
but beyond your comfort,
past that familiar wall,
the frontier at an edge of an unknown,
further into another’s heart
The place where you don’t know what to do.
Serve beyond your security.
Dare to be alien, a beginner.
Have to trust.
Even in the world unknown
you are known.
Even afar, you are at home.
You are not alone,
you are following.
February 5, 2021