A Pilgrim is, according to Eugene Peterson, a person who spends their life going someplace, going toward God, and whose path for getting there is Jesus Christ - the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:5-6). Another definition calls a pilgrim a traveler in a foreign land.
When I journey through seasons of dissatisfaction the clouds blow in and the storm seems dark and unbearable. In those moments everyone disappears. I'm desperately lonely, uncertain, stumbling through the days with tear brimmed lids. It seems that nothing can go right; I'm in the wrong place at the wrong time, working the wrong job, and hasn't it been forever since my last blessing? Since last I received affirmation for my efforts? Nothing I do can put me in the right direction. I've exhausted my passions to set things right, turn things around, and focus myself. But that's not what this was ever about. A pilgrim will never know her way through this foreign land. This is part of the journey, no reason to be dissatisfied, no reason to exhaust oneself, to feel as if this is the wrong way or an isolated trail. All the pilgrims have been here before -- lonely, uncertain, stumbling along. Let us keep pressing forward, never to forget that we have one who has never left, calling us every day, catching our tears and whispering the loveliest of truths. It's time I closed my eyes and heard Him again, for I am a pilgrim traveling by the Way, the Truth, and the Life