When was the last time you wanted to run away? Last year? Saturday? Just a few minutes ago when you shut yourself in the bathroom to see what the internet held for you and found yourself reading this post?
Yep I get it.
Pete: Where’s Cora, Cousin Wash?
Washington Hogwallop: [chewing and choosing words carefully as his young son ate beside him at the table] Couldn’t say… Mrs. Hogwallop up and R-U-N-N O-F-T.
Everette: Musta been looking for answers.
Almost ten years ago I ran off to the mountains.
On a Tuesday.
Looking for answers.
And with a friend we hiked up beside a waterfall and spent the afternoon at the top eating our bag lunches, dissecting dreams and plotting our separate plans for the future.
Last year another friend and I drove east until we encountered sandy shores and crashing waves on a particularly windy March day. We searched for sea glass and shells and meaning in all the messes of life.
And just yesterday my best girl and I ran off to Farmville again looking to get lost in a few antique shops. Along the way we detoured to the High Bridge trail, once a railroad crossing over the Appomattox River.
The urge to run was strong this week… because turning 37 tends to make one think long and hard about their station in life and wonder if they missed the train?
It seems I’m always running and looking for answers. (And that I’m often looking through the lens of a camera…!)
What about you?
The quest for who we are and what we are here to do feels like an unending uphill climb and the undertow of what we think we should be doing often pulls us from what we were meant to do.
It helps to know there is no where on this earth we could run, no where we could hide where God doesn’t see us and desire to lead us.
Whether you turn to the right or to the left your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying “this is the way: walk in it.” ~ Isaiah 30:21
Answers do not always manifest themselves at the ocean’s edge or the mountain top. If anything those places just bring more questions… like why isn’t there a bathroom out here?!?
They are not found in Facebook posts or my email inbox.
Answers are not found in anything man made, but in God alone.
Look no further than Psalm 139. When my latest searching landed me there, I read and reread it from the King James to the Message and everything in between.
Then I put pen to paper and copied it down.
Writing words on paper – especially the scriptures – never fails to find them etched indelibly on my heart.
He searches me and knows me best so it stands to reason He knows what’s best for me too. And details – like the smallest grains of sand – never slip through His fingers.
Those who leave everything in God’s hands will eventually see God’s hands in everything.
Look no further sweet friend, the answer has been there all along.
No running necessary.
The real you cannot be found on a mountain somewhere or in any other change of physical location. You find yourself, not by searching outside, but through the Spirit of God within you. When you ask God to reveal who He created you to be, you can rejoice in His loving grace and mercy. He will gently point out your weaknesses and failings and graciously forgive you when you ask. The One who created you is the One who knows you. You will only find yourself in Him. ~ God’s Little Devotional Journal for Women
Are you looking for answers too? I’d be honored to pray for you. And if you haven’t found the link yet to get your set of scripture cards, won’t you go and put your email in here? Thanks for being here friend. xo