Faith is a journey. Movement and mystery are always a part of it, and real faith won’t let us settle-down into the status quo or become comfortable with staying the same or reconcile ourselves to being stuck. Faith is about adventure, discovery, and risk; it always involves questing, searching, and seeking.
Sidney Bechet said about jazz music:
You know, there’s this mood about the music, a kind of need to be moving. You just can’t set it down and hold it. Those Dixieland musicians, they tried to do that; they tried to write the music down and kind of freeze it. Even when they didn’t arrange it to death, they didn’t have any place to send it; that’s why they lost it. You just can’t keep the music unless you move with it.” [in Nat Hentoff, The Jazz Life (NY: De Capo Press, 1961/1975), p. 115].
So it is with faith: if it is genuine, it will move us and we will move with it. The movement is often into unknown places in the heart and mind. The faith journey takes us off of well-worn roads; we leave behind what is secure and certain in favor of what we do not yet know or understand, but which we sense is crucial for our growth. We’re not on a round trip tour; we’re on a pilgrimage into a different life—a better, more whole, and more joyful life.