❝For the days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah, says the Lord, and I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their ancestors and they shall take possession of it.❞ Jeremiah 30:3
Reflection by Kim Moore
These words of Jeremiah speak to me about a promise of hope. Regardless of one’s desperation, or exile from one’s home, whether self-imposed or due to some unintended circumstances, God will restore us to our home, and security and will be the compass that shows us the way. I am a slow learner, and only in recent years have I come to know in my heart this is true
Throughout my life, I have been a wanderer, wandering both physically and spiritually. As a child growing up, I wandered with my parents. I went to 12 different schools in three different states between Kindergarten and high school graduation. Then after high school, I continued my wandering on my own, across many states, in and out and through colleges and careers. With regard to careers, I found my vocation about 30 years ago in a strange mix of food chemistry, genetics and peanuts and there I have remained. With regard to geography, I stopped my wandering here in South Georgia more than 25 years ago. This is the longest I have ever lived anywhere, so this has become my physical home.
I still travel some because of my vocation. The travel often takes me to places that are like other worlds compared to South Georgia. It is sometimes fun and exciting, and other times on departure I start counting the days until I can follow my compass back to Georgia.
I have also wandered about, in and out of a spiritual journey, sometimes with direction, sometimes with doubt and denial, sometimes with purpose, but never really finding a home or direction. Then I found St Anne’s. I don’t want to even imply that I might have come to the end of my journey and landed at my destination here at St. Anne’s. But I have found a spiritual home, a safe and secure place from which I can continue my journey and have a compass point to keep me going in the right direction and bring me home again.
There is always more to learn, more to experience and more friends to meet and get to know. The spiritual journey will continue, but there is no need to wander anymore.