“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” (Brashares 2003) The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, New York, Delacorte.
I recently read this quote in a book I am studying. It caused me to reflect on the many times I literally trip and fall on the Truth of a situation and after I recover from the fall, I pick myself up and move on trying to make up for lost time. There have been times in my life when I know I am the person to do the task at hand, but I wallow in my frustration and tell myself I am too busy, or too inadequate, or too uneducated and I push the feeling down and rush on to a more comfortable place.
God has been nudging me to start a prayer group for the past couple of years, but I always find an excuse to run away from the call.
There have also been times in my life when I knew the Truth and ran into the arms eager to find out what I might learn. One of those times was when I adopted my now sixteen year old daughter. When I had the vision to open my heart to that precious girl, I was very busy, totally inadequate and I definitely didn’t know how to be a parent. I was afraid of what I would miss out on if I didn’t take the risk. When I decided to foster my now seventeen year old daughter, I was even more ill-prepared, but I took the risk anyway.
Following the Truth in those two situations changed my life in ways I couldn’t imagine. I always want to listen to Truth and take the leap into the unknown, but often I run away from what I know to be true.
John 8:32 says Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
It is when I follow the Truth that I feel alive. So why don’t I chose Truth every time? Maybe because there is safety in the routine and Truth often leads to the unknown. Regardless of my excuses, as I journey on the path, I want to be free and walk in the Truth. In order to that, I must silence the voices around me and surround myself with those who speak Truth.