Monday, 23 March 2009
Follow the Wild Goose
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet
And whither then? I cannot say.
- J. R. R. Tolkien
What a journey we are on and only God knows what's round the corner. The early Celtic Christians called the Holy Spirit the Wild Goose. It was a term of honour and
affection, for they knew that God cannot be tamed, and that if you follow his Spirit you will be led into adventure upon adventure. Look at Paul’s life.
A description Wendell Berry used of a character in one of his novels was this - “His wildness lay in his refusal – or inability – to lie within other people’s expectations.” He could have been describing God. You’ll find this description becomes more and more true of you as well, as you follow this God.