I’m not sure if it’s the time of year or something larger. Last year at this time I went through some very painful and tumultuous times. I disconnected from all forms of connecting with others. A handful of people I was closest too, ended up not being the support system I thought and had hoped for. It was as though I wrapped myself in an old quilt and stayed wrapped up. I passed a significant milestone in my life, it seemed as though things were beginning to change.
Life is truly never what you expect. The highways we travel along don’t always bring us to some sun drenched golden valley. Some roads take us to dead ends and take us on a detour. If feels as though I have been left stranded along the roadside with no one in sight. The journey I thought I was on has gone awry and I no longer have the internal compass I once believed I did.
I find myself standing here looking all around, holding on to memories in my mind of faces and people I once held firm to and treasured. Reflecting back I remember feeling a sense of hope, new life being breathed into my soul as we walking and experienced life together. Traveling down life’s terrain with a companion was much sweeter. How happy I had become with my new companions, really beginning to feel and experience life. They would be for me what I would be for them. I am brought back to the reality it didn’t quite work out that way, those people and relationships left me cold, lonely and longing for more. The memories weren’t reality; they were a bitter reminder of the reality of it.
I walk for a very long time and look up to the heaven and cry out to God. Hoping the one to whom I have run to in the past when I have been lost will speak. The clouds will part, the sky will open up and his voice will ring so loudly it will shake my very soul. I continue to walk, feeling once again all alone. I need him, I know I don’t follow him like I should, I forget the very truths I know. More times than I can count I choose my own roads believing they will bring me a sense of fulfillment. Along my roads I find the sting of poison, working its way through my entire body. Each time I venture down these roads the poison hurts less and less.
I remember feeling and being alive at one point, experiencing God in ways word fail me to describe. That time too has long since passed and for many seasons of life I have manufactured a relationship with him based on what I was told would bring me true joy and happiness, yet has left me feeling empty and alone. I pass a stream, seeing my reflection, but it isn’t really the man I recognize. The face I see is dirty, tear-stained, swollen from poisons and toxins, weathered and worn. Not the face of young boy any more, and not yet like the face of my Grandfather, worn and leathery but full of love, life and wisdom. For that is the face I hope to see reflected back one day.
I am unsure about which path to take, the path that leads guides and directs my steps is the one northern star I have always been able to return to when I have been lost on my path. The path I long for most leads me to the one who will embrace me in his loving arms, just like my Grandfather did when I was a young boy. His love will be like a torrential downpour that will wash away all the poison, dirty and pain and when the storm is over, breathe new life into this parched and dry soul.