Alice in Wonderland is a masterpiece of nonsense literature. So well told, Lewis Carroll has allowed many readers to join Alice in her adventure from falling down the rabbit hole to her escape from an angry King and Queen of hearts. Its nonsensical nature is appealing and refreshing in a world of harsh realities. There is a scene in the book that I find very applicable to our lives. Making her way through Wonderland, Alice approached the big Cheshire Cat.
“’Cheshire Puss,’ she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider. ‘Come, it’s pleased so far,’ thought Alice, and she went on. ‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
‘I don’t much care where—’ said Alice.
‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
‘—so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.
‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.’”
The Oxford English Dictionary defines strategy as, the art or skill of careful planning towards a desired goal. What is your desired goal in life? For the next five weeks we will study the parable of the Good Samaritan. Through this parable Jesus Christ expresses that his goal for all of us is to love God with everything we are and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Careful planning is paramount for executing a goal. If we lack careful planning we will end up walking towards the nowhere of “SOMEWHERE”. Without careful planning we will walk aimlessly through Wonderland. We cannot; we must not waste time walking through life aimlessly. The desired goal is “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” What is your strategy for obeying these commandments? Obedience flows out of love. Love flows out of an intimate relationship. An intimate relationship is borne of time and communication. In preparation for this series and pursuing our desired goal, let’s all spend time in communication with God (reading & praying). Without a strategy, we will be just like Alice in Wonderland; on our way to the nowhere of “SOMEWHERE”.