Walking 20km through hills and valleys yesterday wasn’t exactly a piece of cake, but I did it in record time zipping past everyone. And because I walked very fast, I even passed the check points (where snack and medical help are available should anybody needed it) before they were up and ready.
Having done that the first day of the walk, I decided to walk slower today. And to be quite honest, I wasn’t sure whether or not I would finish today’s walk with the heavy rain and strong gusts of wind. But because the heavy rain and wind slowed me down, I had more time to reflect on what one pilgrim shared with our tour guide some years ago: “Do not rush to get there, because the destination you need to get to is within you.”
As I reflected on those words, St. Augustine’s Confession came to mind: “Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would not have been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.”
St. Augustine realized that many distractions kept him away from God. I am certain we can all empathize, as we also experience many distractions that keep us away from God – our busy lives and many of our worries about mundane things. When we do this, we forget what is most important…that our life is a journey; we journey with and towards God.