Do you ever feel like life is one big mountain climb after another? Sometimes it feels like we climb and climb and never reach the top. Other times, it seems that we’ve reached the top, only to feel ourselves falling down the side. There are jagged edges that wound us, cutting deep into our being. On occasion we can look around and enjoy the scenery, taking in a slow deep breath.
As our book opens, Jonathan Falwell tells the story of a husband and wife who love to climb mountains. When asked why they climbed mountains, the wife replied, “Because we are always restless.” Does that sound like you? It sure sounds like me! And while I’m not climbing an actual mountain, it seems I’m constantly on a journey to “find the next thing”. I’ve often wondered WHY I’m like this. I was born to creative mother, and have often blamed my creative mind-set. I’m beginning to realize, however, that it’s not so much about creative, as it’s a true longing to find what God has in store for me and how I can share it with others. It’s a feeling of urgency. A feeling that is constantly pushing me to learn more, share more, and be more.
“When you look for something more, it can feel as though you are on a constant search for an ideal. (AMEN!) You can picture what perfection looks like or tastes like or feels like or sounds like, but you can see that what is in your life now does not line up with perfection. So you are always on the hunt. In the end you are always dissatisfied with what you have because perfection can never be found.” (page 4)
This short paragraph spoke volumes to me. So did the one that followed.
“There is so much more to life than what you think.” At it’s core, life is not about getting things. Or finding yourself. Or about any of the quests you often hear of people pursuing. Rather, the answer to life’s longings is found in the true person and work of Jesus Christ.” (page 8)
I think the older I get, the more restless I become. I wonder if I’m doing what God wants me to do. I have began to see my life as the “second half”. (I will be 40 next year!) I want to see a better tomorrow for my children and wonder what I can do to make that happen. I pray that I will make a difference in the lives of those around me. All this “wondering” makes my heart anxious and restless. Sometimes I feel like those mountain climbers. I’m no longer climbing this mountain called LIFE for the sheer joy. I’m climbing because I’m searching for a purpose. Are you a mountain climber too?
Are you restless? Do you long for more?
Please comment on the following questions in the Comment section below:
1.) Have you ever seen an instance where people undertake a certain activity (perhaps with great passion) because there’s an unmistakable longing in their inner lives? Have you? Describe what that was like.
2.) Jonathan talked about how his faith began to get real for him when he discovered that there was “another step to his faith journey beyond praying a prayer or going to church or identifying (himself) as belonging to a particular group.” What was that additional step? Have you experienced something similar in your own life?