Standing in the Shadow of a Giant

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Life on the mountain is amazing.

Yesterday I went on a run after work to get my mind off some things and get a much needed workout in. I seriously haven't ran since the end of track season, which was like over a month ago.

My mind seemed stuffed full of stuff I really don't need to be worrying about right now. I was totally consumed with wishes for stuff I don't necessarily need, just want - or wish for. I was confused and trapped within myself. I needed a way out, something to get me out of this make believe world and into something I can truly believe in. In situations like this, I run. It's a pretty healthy way to clear my mind.

Anyway, I took off up the Eastview road, unsure where I was going to go next.

I took a right turn and found myself running along a familiar road I've walked (or perhaps, hiked...) time and time before. It was the road we take to get to the Shadow of the Giants trail, which is a beautiful mile long trail surrounded by huge, gigantic sequoias. The hike up to the beginning of this trail is about 3/4 of a mile, so I plugged in my iPod and out to meet the Sequoias.

As I ran, I couldn't help but be totally overwhelmed by the amazing creation around me. Everywhere I looked, I saw beauty. Thousands of trees. A beautiful meadow. The sun shining down on me, the only thing ahead of me open road. It was amazing.

When I reached the beginning of the trail, I stopped and took a short break. I sat and prayed, asking God to clear my mind and help me figure this stuff out. Then, everything stopped. Everything. I was perfectly content for a second in time, and God was there. I was standing in his shadow - the shadow of a giant. A perfect, loving, totally amazing giant. A giant that will provide for me, give me the desires of my heart, and never, ever, ever leave me.

Being alone in this secluded place was incredible. It was just me and God. Just us, together, embracing the creation He has made for me. I will run back up to this place again, perhaps meet God again and share something special. He is calling me to places, and I will go where He sends me.

"What am I supposed to do with artichoke flavored cheese?!??"

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