Postaday Rolling Stone (Nomad, Travel) and God…Really

luke 10Sunday Reading Luke 10:3- 6   Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.  Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.

Now Imagine that you are trolling through your email inbox and you read this from Word Press about their Post A Day: If you could live a nomadic life, would you? Where would you go? How would you decide? What would life be like without a “home base”? Sometimes you gotta wonder about that God of ours 🙂

I can just imagine the disciples who are being told that they must set foot out into the into the big wide world with nothing but trust that God will care for them, they must have had questions like this roaming around in their brains.  And they are questions we can ask of ourselves as seekers, fellow “disciples” because we are all journeying through life as nomads, the question really is which type of nomad.

Think about that for a second….nomads…nomads.  We all think we are these permanent dwellers, living in our houses, going to our jobs, living our “normal” lives, but really we are all nomads.  Even nomads, like the BushmenBatekGreat Andamanese all had routines, followed certain routes to follow their food, get where they are going; what made them “nomads” was they had no permanent dwellings.   They had to trust the wisdom of the ages, the set “rules” of where to go and how to go.  They went without, as Jesus would put it: , sandals, money bagssacks. They had to rely on their wit to get them what they needed.  We are like these nomads, essentially living our days gathering, following our routines, going our certain routes to get us where we are going.

But being a true “nomad” means you must have great trust.  When Jesus said to the disciple that he was throwing them out like sheep among wolves; it’s not the doom and gloom of being slaughtered for Christ, it’s the “You are going out there pretty much with nothing so you better trust I know what I am doing with you guys,” kinda thing.  Ever just have an urge to get up and go, there are sites for that urge moment notice travel; you have no idea where you are going you just go, better trust then.  That is what Jesus is saying…go….right now…don’t worry about taking anything…just GO.  Would I do it, frankly I would love to, but thinking about all I would have to leave behind makes it tough.  And that is exactly what Jesus is saying…just go because I am sending you…don’t worry…you gotta let go to truly go.

But people do it everyday.  People with small children, people who want to live off the land, people who feel the call of God. It seems to me that being a nomad is a choice, many made consciously, with a purpose.  Whether that purpose is to live as simply as possible, or to live genuinely off the land, or to teach our children that we CAN TRUST, or for God, nomadic life takes a commitment that many of us are afraid to take…me included.

We are taught that to be truly happy we must be secure and for many that mean a permanent place to rest your head, things that belong to you, stuff and people to surround you.  But to do as the disciples did; go into a random town and stay with random people is a little much, but that is what he said…Trust.  So being a nomad comes down to one dynamic principle: TRUST.

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Is a spiritual director working helping moms find God in the everyday. She has been a spiritual director since 1998: worked as a Director of Religious Education for Holy Cross Parish(2000-2005), was Director of Project Rachel, a healing ministry for Post Abortive women(1999-2000). Patty worked a social worker for Catholic Social Services (1988 - 1995) Then studied for spiritual direction at the Dominican Center of Religious Studies, DeWitt Michigan

She is married 20 years and has four children

She has a BS/BA in social work from Aquinas College, CSD Certified Spiritual Director


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