Finding – Sarah Walton
As young people on the cusp of adulthood we are encouraged to travel the world to “find ourselves”. Somehow there exists a romantic notion that if we go out and experience some of life we will discover a deep truth about who we are, what makes us tick, and we will find the trail of breadcrumbs to our own personal happy ever after.
We have bought into the notion that something out there holds the key to our happiness, and that it is our responsibility to go and find that thing. So, what happens years later when we awaken to the reality that even though we took what we thought was the right path, and have diligently followed the breadcrumbs along the way since, there is now an anaesthetised dullness in our heart that we just can’t shake?
The dictionary tells us that to “find” means to “become aware of”. And that must mean that what we are each looking for is in fact right here, right now. And always has been.
The truth is that there is no searching out there to be done, no journey that needs to be taken – other than the journey which leads us into our own heart where we recognise our own cry for God, and we hear His responding call.
God tells us in Matthew 10:39 “…If you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.” What an incredible promise. It’s in finding and following God that He leads us to what we were searching for all along – our very own happy ever after.
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