The Test

O Little snail- Inch by inch Climb Mt. Fuji! -Issa Issa and his little snail speak richly to us all. First, they remind us of something we already know: Life is a journey, a journey with a definite goal. Spiritually speaking, we all have a Mt. Fuji to climb: to find out the truth about God and the meaning of life. Our job is to get to the top. Next, they teach us that the journey is difficult. Indeed, at first glance it may even seem impossible. This is especially true in our day, when philosophers routinely discourage spiritually minded snails by denying the very existence of religious truth; truth that really is "out there," waiting to be seen and scaled; truth that will lead us to breath-taking vistas at the top of the world. Yet in spite of such obstacles, Issa and his friend are not daunted. To the contrary, they are full of faith, clearly believing that the journey is not only possible, but absolutely necessary. They understand that we snails can exist without making it, but that we cannot really live without making it. And so we hear a Voice. It comes to us through the poet, from far above the poet. With love and urgency, it commands us to climb Mt. Fuji, to seek and find the true answers to life's ultimate questions. Moreover, in doing so, it assures us that we really can. All that is required is inch-by-inch determination-and a little help from the One above. Have you heard the Voice? Have you been thinking about starting-or continuing-your own journey? And have you felt you might like a companion-an older snail with a heart for seekers-who could help you a little along the way? If so, please meet me at the beginning of this book. Together, we will obey the Voice. Together, we will head out in search of life's meaning. Together we will climb Mt. Fuji!