Have you ever just felt like getting away from it all? Just walking out in the country on a lonely path leading who knows where? Or walking along a deserted lonely beach far off the beaten track? Or just exploring a town or city or village you’ve never been to before?
If you have, I don’t think you’re alone. Some people are practical, pragmatic and hard-headed; and others are dreamers and might have their head in the clouds! I suppose that’s me really.
So much of what we dream about, often doesn’t make it in reality; we do a ‘reality-check’ on so many things, and often they just don’t make the grade. We accept that there are some things we just can’t have or we just can’t do.
I will always be a dreamer first before anything else; I think God doesn’t mind to be honest; dreams make the world go round after all. He dreamed the world into existence, then it became reality.
Where can God be found? In quaint churches? Or huge cathedrals? When we pray privately in our bedrooms? God is everywhere, and nowhere it seems.
We yearn for so many things, and perhaps for so many different reasons. We yearn to find work, and struggle when we don’t; we yearn wistfully for a better life, and then we can’t find it; we yearn to make sense of it all, and find that we just can’t; we yearn to understand God, and are confused when we don’t; we yearn for things that can’t be put into words, unutterable yearnings that maybe only God can really answer.
We yearn, because we are human. I am a Christian, and I struggle with thoughts and ideas about God; surely, as a Christian, I should have it all together, I should be sure in my beliefs and know everything there is to know about God and everything there is to know about the Bible? I wish! If you’re struggling understanding God, you are not the only one!
We yearn to be better than everyone else, and we fail. Does God want us to continually strive to be better than everyone else, or does He want us to run our own race? We can’t be anyone else, and we shouldn’t compare ourselves with anyone else; we can only be ourselves. There is something precious about being you, and only you can be you, and there is something precious about being me, only I can be me! We are unique, and precious to God.