Exhale, Relax, and Receive
Today was my last day at my now former job. Next week starts a new chapter of my life with my new job. For personal reasons, I will not say what that is at this time but let’s just say it’s in my feild (criminal justice), more challenging, people’s lives are in my hands, and it’s something different everyday. Nonetheless, I am excited and nervous at the same time to start something new. But if I had to describe in one word how I felt driving home from my former job for the last time, it would be…..release!
It was so peaceful! The rode was clear from the blizzard that hit two days ago, light traffic, and the sun seemed to chase my car as I drove. The red light gave me the opportunity to admire the sun, and embrace its warmness. For a moment, I could hear God whisper in my ear….”you can release now, it gets better from here.” In that moment I was reminded of His goodness and that made me appreciate the sun so much more. For me, the art of appreciation is being able to receive God’s love in its simplist form; through the small things. God is everywhere!
Cool! I never really considered Utah….may make it on my bucket list!
Great tips/advice! Noted!
Love this! I am a repeat offender of the Jesus Juke! Lol!
Bridge near my home overlooking the James River
Imagine that you just finished a long day at work. You’re tired, glad to be off, and have to do it all over again the next day. As you drive home, you try to search in your mind for a place of contentment and fulfillment but you get nothing! Still in search for an answer, you gaze out your windshield at your surroundings. Suddenly, you notice the way the trees move; the branches dancing together. A warm cozy feeling creeps over you as you experience the sun setting over the river complimented by a cotton candy sky. In that moment, everything seems more vibrant. The trees seem greener, the sky more colorful, the river more peaceful, and the sun warms your soul. And for a second a feeling of gratitude overtakes you, and it’s almost as if God is giving you an answer…..
This has become the norm for me! For years, I have worked jobs that left me feeling unfulfilled and in search for something more. Every day I would leave work feeling like I had nothing left to give and in search for sanity. God and nature became my sanity. I began to marvel at the trees, the sun, the river, the sky, the big beautiful multi-colored stone houses, the side cafes, even the way the pedestrians communed together on the sidewalks. Things that were usually overlooked, I came to appreciate. While I have always had a relationship with God, I had finally arrived to a place where I could see Him in everything. I realized that God is everywhere and in everything that is beautiful and good in this world (hence the name God Within). And if you are willing to shift your perspective, it is His way of showing His love towards us. He didn’t just take the time to create us, but He took the time to craft the mountains, the hills, the oceans, and so on. And I personally believe that He desires for us all to see it!
So I made a personal goal to do just that…..starting with my hometown!! I use to complain to God about not being financially stable to travel the world. And I have to admit, I became a little impatient and irrational in my pursuit to travel. Then God presented me with a really good question: “How can I demand to see the rest of the world when I haven’t really opened my eyes to the world around me?” Sometimes we travel the world searching for something that’s been in our face the entire time. While I don’t see anything wrong with traveling the world (well duh!), I just learned that in order to appreciate it in it’s’ entirety we have to develop an appreciation for the part that’s freely given to us. For me, that may mean taking a different approach and knocking things off my bucket list but starting in my hometown (USA).
So join me as I travel and discover God Within beginning with the U.S——>insert country here!
God Bless! 🙂