Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright

Passionate advocate for authenticity in our lives and in our communities.

A Winding Road to Joy

The purpose of a spiritual journey is rarely to find an answer; rather, it is a process of continually asking questions.

When I look back to Ash Wednesday when I decided to use this Lent to go on a pilgrimage to joy, I imagined it would be gaining a deeper sense of what joy means in my life. I was missing it. I yearned for it. But of all the times to be meditating on joy, this seems the most dissonant and nearly impossible even. This pilgrimage has surely taken on new meaning for me.

I have been forced to seek out joy in all this. Or, as I have realized in quarantine, how I must find joy in me. Sometimes it truly is difficult to see. But I have discovered that I am asking more questions about joy in my life, or rather joy in the midst of life. One thing I have discovered for sure- there is joy in just about anything. We just need the eyes to see it.

As I continue on this quest, on this spiritual journey of discovery I am heartened by how I believe God works. The answers are rarely easily seen. Rather they are revealed in unexpected, unanticipated and even extraordinary ways. Keep your eyes peeled. Be curious. Ask questions. You never know what you’ll discover on this journey called life.


When going forward in life, it may seem at times overwhelming and unpredictable, resembling more a winding road with many twists and turns.  But looking backward, it always seems like a straight line; it makes sense! I was meant to be in those places at those times.  Knowing that God has a purpose for my life (Jeremiah 29:11) keeps me grounded.  Knowing that each experience, whether difficult or filled with joy, is an opportunity to learn from and listen to God, gives me confidence, courage and peace.

Remember forward.  Believe backward. 

From, Becoming Who I Am

Day 32 #pilgrimagetojoy

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