They shall not hunger or thirst, nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them; for he who pities them leads them and guides them beside springs of water. (Isaiah 49:10)
During a recent hike along Split Rock River, my companion and I began to feel a little confused. The trail was taking longer than expected or than what we had time for.
We tried to remember what the information at the start of the trail said about the length of the hike and how long it would take, and we looked for telltale signs along the way. We encountered a couple with a map, and we learned that the man had an aunt who had been a Sister in our Community. Providence!
Sometimes it can be easy to fall into a problem-solving mode when what is needed is to watch and listen through the heart’s intuitive senses. The heart feels wonder at waterfalls and awe at the miracle of small trees growing in the side of rock cliffs. The spiritual journey is a walk by faith, not by sight. The heart often sees in ways that the head often cannot, making even long journeys more enjoyable and beautiful.
And a good map never hurts either!
Sister Ann Marie Wainright
Sister Ann Marie Wainright is a Benedictine Sister of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minnesota. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, she worked as a CPA for many years before earning dual masters degrees in counseling and pastoral studies. Sister Ann Marie is interested how people encounter God in their daily lives and how they use their faith and spirituality in meeting difficult challenges. View all of Sister Ann Marie’s blogs.