This exercise is a creative opportunity for you to reflect on the journey of your life, as well as your journey of your faith development and vocation story.
In a prayerful atmosphere, perhaps with candle, cross and bible, take paper and a pen, or any other creative colourful writing tools and follow the steps below.
- Draw the map of your faith journey. Look where you’ve been. You may either do this by drawing a map, or a vine, or a graph. Do whatever you need to do to express the journey of your life. Mark out significant points, or moments along your life story, especially in your faith life. You can mark your map with symbols, words, dates to represent the stories of your life represented in that time. Do not feel you have to journal your life history on the map just in words. God often speaks to us in our creativity.
- Once you have drawn the key moments on the map of your life, take time to walk through your story, noting the significant moments. Bring those moments to prayer.
- Creatively add to your map your thoughts on the following questions:
- When have I felt God’s presence most pronounced in my life? What was going on?
- When have I felt God’s absence most pronounced in my life? What was going on?
- What was my image of God as a child? What is my image of God now?
- What were the key “vocation” moments? What was God trying to say to me?
- How am I being invited to take God by the hand at this point in my life?
Prayer from Thomas Merton
My God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing.
And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore, I will trust you always through I may seem to be lost…
I will not fear, for you are with me and will never leave me to face my perils alone.