Winnie the Pooh is a wanderer. Each day is an adventure with no preordained destination. It might be the quest for a honey tree, a conversation with Christopher Robin, a float down the stream, or a journey to the North Pole. Wherever he finds himself, he feels blessed as he rejoices in the wonders of the 100 Aker Wood.
Winnie the Pooh trusts the Gentle Providence of life to guide him where he needs to be and whenever he needs to get there.
Centuries before A.A. Milne wrote the Winnie the Pooh stories, Celtic adventurers set out to sea in little boats, coracles, without rudders, trusting that God would guide them to their place of resurrection. Celtic adventurers saw each day as a blessing in which God was their companion on the way. Even in difficult times, God is working for good and plans for good and not for evil, a future and a hope. As St. Patrick prayed,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me
Tolkien avers, “all who wander are not lost.” That’s true for the Celts and for Pooh as well. In fact, if God is omnipresent, then every place is home and each step is guided by God. Even when he’s lost, he enjoys the journey, knowing that being lost may be the pathway to surprising adventures and new vistas.
This St. Patrick’s week, let us rejoice in the wandering, trusting that God will bring us to our place of resurrection, the place where we find ourselves and discover our vocation as companions in God’s holy adventure. (For more on Pooh’s adventures, see “The Gospel According to Winnie the Pooh,” Noesis Press/Davies Group Publishers)