So often we are “doing life” and we fail to ask the question “where am I going?” We are caught up in our schedules, families, appointments and even the out of the ordinary vacations, trips, and excursions but aren’t even those pretty much planned?
I remember one time my husband giving me a book called Silence and Solitude. If you know me, you are probably laughing like I did when he tried to nicely tell me to stop talking and start listening. Not one of my better qualities to say the least. I obviously did not read it and have continued to talk, reason and problem solve and have failed to do much internal, God directed listening. I sometimes stop long enough to hear God whispers but I hear my own voice way more than I hear His….
At the time I am writing this, I am sitting on the path where I took this picture. Quiet and peaceful…..giving me the time to think. Where am I and where am I going in life? We need to ask ourselves these questions or we get stuck in those routines and schedules and miss God completely.
Change is hard for me. I like predictability, especially for the sake of my family. It was not something I had so I seek it out like it is always the answer…..but what if it isn’t? What if it is simply fear that keeps me from seeking change? Or selfishness? Or holding the people I love too tightly?
I fear regret most of all. Change opens me up to the possibility that I could make a mistake, but somehow I don’t see the possibility that not embracing something different might lead to deeper regret.
As I sit in the woods and ask myself these questions, I am praying that you will also take the alone time to seek God’s direction for you. When we get overwhelmed with schedules and everybody else’s needs we lose ourselves and I think that is God’s call for us to sit in silence and reflect. In those precious moments, God will meet us there.