Set Your Heart On A Pilgrimage

“Blessed are those whose strength is in You, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.” (Psalm 84:5-7)

Blessed are those whose strength is in You. I sure am blessed then, for there is no strength in me this day. I don’t mean to be cavalier about God’s strength. Not at all. But this is the type of day where I have to gather my energy just to pet my cats! Have you ever had that kind of day?

This Psalm is one of a pilgrim expressing his passion for God’s house. The first verse reads; “How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”

There are days when I want to go to the dwelling place of the Lord. I do. Not really at times of great pain; but more at the times when fatigue is all encompassing. Like today. My soul does yearn, my body cries out for the living God. But I am setting my heart on Pilgrimage.

My strength is in Him. I trust, lean on, put my whole body and its need for strength in Him. I walk with His strength. I tend to my family, with His strength. I sit at this computer so that I can share this with you…in His strength. And I will go from strength to strength until the time I appear before God.

“As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs.” Baca is a place of weeping. The meaning of this is that the pilgrim turns his troubles into blessings. His weeping becomes joy. Notice that his joy doesn’t break out when he arrives at the house of God. The joy is with him, on the journey! Once he has set his heart on pilgrimage, his weeping becomes joy. Even though he isn’t home yet, he knows he is going there. so the journey itself brings him joy!

Beyond our pain. Beyond our weakness. In our fear or worry, we can, as an act of faith, set our hearts on Pilgrimage. We can have joy for the journey. Our weeping can become joy, and blessing. In His strength.

Amen. Thank you Lord Jesus!

Sandra Platt is a Pastor’s wife and mother of 2 college kids. She lives in Southern Indiana. She has had Fibromyalgia for 18 years, and since then has added numerous illnesses to the list. She has just been diagnosed with Progressive M.S. She lives with the joy of having set her heart on pilgrimage. You may write to Sandra at Rest Ministries, and she also has a Sunroom page there.