I think journeys are common in stories because they echo our own travels through life. As we navigate life, we make decisions and choose between alternatives. Sometimes we know the consequences of a choice, sometimes we don’t, and sometimes we know where a choice will lead but don’t care.
Notice how even the language used to illustrate this point is loaded with journey imagery? Travels. Navigate. Lead. It is difficult even to find neutral words.
To illustrate: What is the core difference between the atheist and the believer? Between the naturalist that thinks life’s origin is explained by evolution or the Christian that trusts in the existence of a Creator? One has chosen to believe in the existence of God and the other has chosen not to. What a difference that single choice makes in the life of a person!
Life is a journey, choice is powerful, and the future beckons to us all.