n my personal study I get the clear impression that the Holy Scripture tends to define human life as being able to act, to move. That is why the Bible emphasizes in a particular way the importance of choosing a proper “way,” or “road,” to travel. There is the way of life and the way of death. We choose the road we will travel on, and that will determine our final destination and the way we live today. Life is indeed a journey. Humans realize almost instinctively that they are not yet where they would like to be, that they are in fact on the way to achieve their plans and dreams. The human race is in a journey of transcendental importance.
As Adventists, we are a people on the move, heading toward a particular destination, namely, the return in glory of our ascended Lord and the establishment of His eternal kingdom. We know where we are heading! We, like the Israelites that left Egypt, are in a journey of hope; a journey of hope in a hopeless, fearful, and disoriented world. By that we mean that we travel light because we are anticipating the soon realization of our hope; home is very close. But we also mean that our journey is characterized by hope. Hope is not only what we anticipate but also what enriches our lives while we wait with eager expectation. Our hope has a direct impact on the quality of our lives as we journey toward the realization of that hope. This hope strengthens us when in our journey we have to travel through difficult terrain. Our journey of hope enables us to face the future in full confidence, free from the fear of uncertainty and disorientation that characterizes our world.
We, like the apostolic church, are possessed by a living hope that fills our lives with meaning and joy. Unquestionably, we are involved in a journey of hope. We should understand what that means. This year the readings for the Week of Prayer explore the nature and meaning of our journey of hope. We will achieve that goal by examining the lives of some biblical writers who chose a journey of hope. We will study the journey of Eve, Moses, Rahab, Daniel, Mary, Paul, John, and Jesus, our living hope. From them we will learn about our journey.
Our hope, a gift from God through Jesus, is so important that we should study it, embrace it, pray about it, and preach it. Yes, preach it! Let it be heard from our pulpits, let it be shared with our neighbors that our Savior is coming soon, that our journey is soon to end in the eternal portals of the heavenly Jerusalem.
May the grace of God be with you, my co-travelers, in a journey of hope.