When you’re still looking for the answer

blogIMG_0380Almost 10 years ago, I started this Mama’s Empty Nest blog.  I’ve been sharing throw-back posts from the earlier years of this blog on Thursdays for the last few weeks. 

I’m finding so many of them are still relevant today as we meander our way through the covid-19 pandemic, lock-downs, sheltering in place, and trying to discern what to believe as there seems to be so much conflicting information available to us.

I wrote this in September 2010 yet I hope by re-posting it, it offers up some hope and encouragement for my readers today in 2020.

Wandering up and down the aisles. Turning left, then turning right. Searching, seeking, hunting.

While rambling through a local discount store one day in pursuit of a particular item, I found it rather amusing that U2’s song, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” accompanied my quest as it was played on the store’s public address system.

I continued exploring the store singing “I have run, I have crawled, I have scaled these city walls, these city walls, only to be with you.  But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.  But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.”

And I didn’t find what I was looking for. I departed the store without the item, but with that song firmly anchored in my head. The lyrics reminded me how often we humans search, explore, and literally travel on a quest to find some spiritual meaning to life, yet the answer is right in front of us.

One day a few summers ago, our garage door stood open for most of the day. Son was trimming the yard and whacking down the weeds with the weed-eater, so he was in and out of the garage. I was outside pulling weeds from the flower beds.

When we finished and were closing the door, we realized a tiny bird had flown into the garage and couldn’t find his way out. That little thing was in an absolute frenzy. He flew frantically from one corner of the garage to the other.

He lit on the extension ladder, which hung on the wall, to rest for a second, and then off he flew again. He even perched periodically on the open garage door itself, but could not seem to figure his way out of his predicament.

Son, middle daughter, and I attempted to aid his escape, but he became even more panicked. Our cat never took her eyes off him, obviously expecting a tasty bird dinner sometime soon.  After shooing the cat away, I thought surely the bird would come to his senses and fly out.

But he persistently flew into the ceiling of the garage over and over again, as if he could make an opening to escape by banging his head into the wall.  Soon he was bleeding.  We all felt such pity for this little creature and expected him to die either from exhaustion or smacking his head on the ceiling one too many times.

Finally, he discovered his way out and escaped. The thing was the double car garage door was open the entire time. The way was clear and wide open, yet that little bird couldn’t seem to see it.

Aren’t we just like that bird?

We get so caught up in our situations, distressed and distraught, and we bang our heads in frustration until we’re bloodied.

We panic and in our fluster, run around like a chicken with its head cut off, pardon the connection.

And the entire time, the answer, the help we need, or the solution is right there.   In front of us.  The door is open.  Every time we lose our way, God is there to help us out.

We don’t have to search. We don’t have to wander aimlessly. He’s there, waiting.  He flings the door wide open for us to come to Him.  All we have to do is walk through it to find He is what we’ve been looking for all along.  ©2010 mamasemptynest.wordpress.com

During this distressing time we’re enduring now in 2020, you may be searching, seeking, trying to find a purpose for what’s happening in our world, possibly even to you.  All I can offer is advice to hold on. I believe God will see us through and something amazing will happen because we’re hanging on and trusting in Him. 

And if you don’t know the three-in-one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you may find what you’re looking for by getting a copy of the Bible or downloading a Bible app. Then begin reading the book in the New Testament section of the Bible entitled, The Gospel of John. 

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. ~ Matthew 11:28

©2020 mamasemptynest.wordpress.com

10 responses

  1. This is a great analogy. We not bang our heads on ceilings and walls but we bang them in the same area while never looking around us to find another way out. Thank you for sharing this post again. It is so timely for me and many others.

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  2. Hi Cindy! I’m setting up my blog again. Trying to make it work for my photography business. Not sure if you even remember me! But we’ve been blog buddies probably since a year or two after you wrote this post. I used to write under “writing for daisies.” In my dashboard, your post popped up in the reader, and so I had to click on it. I just love the way you write! Thank you for sharing such an uplifting story. I don’t know if I will get things set up the way I’d like here on WordPress, but I sure do hope so. I love this platform and seeing your name again made me smile! Cheers!

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    • Melissa, I am so happy to “see” you again! I certainly do remember you as one of my blogging buddies. I am amazed to hear from you since just yesterday I mentioned your name. Long story, so here’s the short version. Our 5-year-old grandchild has been staying with us since the virus outbreak (our daughter is a hospital nurse & actually contracted coved-19). We have been reading both of your children’s books the last few nights to our granddaughter before bedtime. She loves them! And I just told her my friend wrote these books. 😃

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      • I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter. My heart goes out to her, and to you. I hope she will recover soon, and find a way to keep safe. Though I know how difficult that must be. Please thank her for all she has done to help people during this time. Also — Oh my word, what a wonderful coincidence about the timing of my hello!! Tell your granddaughter that I think her grandma has one of the most lovely ways to look at life!

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