Why the El Camino

Why do you want to do this crazy journey called "El Camino de Santiago"?

When my step-father had passed, I was over hearing my uncle and a sister from my church talking about the movie The Way and how they would love to do El Camino de Santiago. This was the first time I ever heard about this "strange" pilgrimage. I immediately Googled the Camino, and the results were astonishing. Why would anyone want to walk for 500 miles (800 km)?

Once I saw the movie I completely understood why. There was something that came over me while watching the movie that made me want to do this. Over the next few weeks, I pondered the idea. It just seemed like this was what I needed to do. Of course I began praying about it and doing more research. The more I prayed about it, the more I felt compelled to go on this ancient pilgrimage.

I told my mother that I wanted to go do the Camino de Santiago, and she went and told everyone right away. I had not had time to change my mind. Once my friend Candy found out, she was excited because she was wanting do go as well.

Plans were for me take the pilgrimage the summer after I finished graduate school. So, I started gathering information about what I needed to pack, how to get there and home, and how long I would need to complete the journey. This made me glad to be a teacher. Having summers off, made the planning easier.

Now that my journey is almost ready to being, I am more excited than ever. I know without a shadow of a doubt that this was a "God thing". God ordained that I watch the movie, hear about this pilgrimage from others, and have the desire to go. I am not sure He as waiting for me, but I am pretty excited. All I know is that suffering is probably involved. How can there not be suffering when someone is walking 500 miles.

No comments:

Post a Comment