The Searching

“One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.”
                                                                                                           -Helen Keller

I have noticed a distinct pattern in my life over the years. Whenever a change of direction or expansion of opportunity is in the wind, restlessness descends. If I had actual wings of flight like a giant eagle, I would describe the sensation as breezes ruffling my otherwise tranquil feathers setting off an instinctual trigger deep inside, the desire to fly.

Now of course, not all of my restfulness is from a divine source and detecting the difference is an important part of the quest. Yet often God needs to heighten my awareness so I will not miss what He is preparing.

The searching begins. Unrelenting inquiries follow as I turn over every rock looking for the answer, the next move, the resolution to my inner conflict.

But God’s call to the heart does not abide under rocks of this earthen path. He speaks to our spirits by blowing winds of change under our passive wings and with this comes an unquenchable desire to mentally soar. And soar we must in order to accomplish what He envisions.

In the field of education, we call it “cognitive dissonance.” New knowledge disrupts the brain’s present comfort level inciting a frustration and longing to bring equilibrium back. In an attempt to find balance once again, the brain learns the new knowledge. I believe God has His own form of disequilibrium. He stirs us to move past what we already know and do.

When I think about the great heroes of faith, I doubt these mighty men and women set out on their quests only filled with serenity. Did the Apostle Paul not at times wrestle with anxiety as he entered another strange city filled with hostile foes? When he heard the prison door clank closed and the key turn in the lock, was there not a few moments of despair felt? I imagine his mind filled as much with questioning and pondering as with faith. Perhaps his letters to the churches provided the solace for processing his disequilibrium.

The Moravians sold themselves into slavery to become missionaries in foreign lands. Surely, their searching to follow coexisted with apprehension to go.

In the literary world, Dr. Seuss grew incensed with the widespread illiteracy in England and the boring readers provided in schools as a solution. I doubt he always felt peaceful when publishers rejected his book forty times. His best friend finally could not take watching the repeated rejection any longer and paid for the book’s publishing…and the rest is reading history.

We live in a culture that highly values comfort. Peace at any price becomes the goal of living. Yet when God has something more for us to do upon this earth, the pursuit seldom goes down without accompanying anxiety and restlessness needed to stir us from our complacency. Finally, we set out to follow the best we humanly can as walk out our destiny. And in our searching, we find our peace!

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About JoDee Luna

Raised with a paintbrush, crochet needle, or sculpting dough in hand, JoDee inherited her creative mind from her Italian mother, who JoDee sees as a master of living comfortably with shifting creative rhythms. JoDee’s own creative shifts took her to the Netherlands as an early adult, where she worked as a leader with a creative arts urban mission. Her artistic quests led and comforted her through a divorce, a long period of single parenthood, a journey back to school, a career as a teacher, and currently an instructional coach for the Lancaster School District. During her free time today, you will find JoDee gardening, blogging, dabbling in mixed media, crafting hand-made masks, writing, shooting photos, arranging flowers, dancing, or collaborating with her daughters on any of the above. When she’s not creating, she is most likely sleeping...and dreaming about the next project. Her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics, features helpful hints and inspirational reflections for artistic multi-taskers and her creativity website, http://refrainfromtheidentical.com, provides diy projects and inspirational posts.
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12 Responses to The Searching

  1. Barbie says:

    Now “thats” what Im talkin about!!! B

  2. Linda Huard says:

    Yes! So true!

  3. Slamdunk says:

    Excellent post and topic JoDee. I had not heard the Dr. Seuss story–very inspirational.

  4. izziedarling says:

    Peace doesn’t have a price, does it? We give our obedience and the path opens.

    • JoDee Luna says:

      I like how you put that and your words got me thinking about the relationship between peace, obedience, and the path opening.

      I do believe what you say is true, the path does open once we give our obedience. Yet, maybe “the searching” resides in between sensing something new and giving our obedience…the wrestling to figure out what to give our obedience to because so many viable options present. Just a thought.

  5. izziedarling says:

    Ah, the searching … always comes back around to faith. :)

  6. markbyrd says:

    May GOD Bless you JoDee!!! Mark

  7. Rusty says:

    Thanks for the inspirational blog. I was having withdrawel symptoms, been a few days since your last web log.

    • JoDee Luna says:

      Thank you for the complement. That will get my inspirational juices flowing again. Sorry for the lag in posts, I’ve been a member of the “Too much fun club” this week and got behind.

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