In Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, Alice journeys into a foreign world that is entirely unfamiliar to her. During her travels Alice meets a character called the Cheshire Cat who is sitting in a tree next to an intersection on the path upon which Alice is walking. Alice, unfamiliar with the area, asks the cat which way she should go. This is the conversation:
Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don’t much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
Alice: …So long as I get somewhere.
The Cheshire Cat: Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.
I love this little conversation. It is Carroll’s take on life generally. Every day we are confronted by unfamiliar circumstances that require is to make choices. Some of these choices are mundane. Some are life changing. Some might be life threatening. Regardless of the magnitude, we need a standard to use as a basis for our decision-making. That standard gives us direction. But we need to have a destination. The place we want to end up. If we don’t know where, or if we just don’t care, our choices don’t matter. We stumble along until we get … somewhere. So, where do you want to be? And do you know how to get there? If we are not sure, and we are often not sure, we need some direction. If we ask, “Which way do I go from here”, who is a good person to ask? I’ll give you a hint. We just celebrated his birth. Come and hear about it this Sunday, January 5 at 8:30 and 11 at John McMillan Presbyterian Church when Pastor Jeff preaches, “True North” based on Luke 6: 46-49. Come start the new year with us.