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For the last few months there has been a verse that has been super comforting to me.

James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you...”

For me, this is amazing because it doesn’t say something like “spin around three times, say the magic words, never sin, and he will draw nigh to you.” I’m a super visual guy so I’m always seeing everything as if it’s like a movie or something. When I think of this verse I imagine myself like walking in a forest with no idea where to go, or what to do. I'm holding up this piece of paper with a promise that he will come to me since I have no idea how to navigate the forest. All I have to do is walk out and just start wandering around eating like, I guess berries and stuff, because he said that he would come find me, not that I had to go to the right place to reach him.

Sometimes that’s how I feel when I'm reading or doing devotions. I'm looking at it like “the heck is going on? Why did that dude gird up his loins or whatever?” But I always know that I'm putting in the work, and that’s something I believe deeply applies in both work and spiritual aspects of my life. Walk out in the forest and just put in the work. This stuff doesn’t work if you’re lazy, sorry about that. Actually, no I'm not. If you aren’t gonna put in the work, then you’re not gonna get anything out of it. Simple as that. Put in the work, and it will pay off in time.

Even as I write this I'm coming off a bit of a dry spell spiritually. I didn’t blog last week because... well, I had nothing I felt like I should share. Yesterday and today I put in the work, spent time on it. And again I'm filled with so much to share and say that I almost feel like just starting like a video version of this, cuz I fricking hate typing this much, and yes I realize this is barely any typing, and no, I don’t know how I made it through my college English classes. Still, I'm reminded of how important a daily walk is, and man it takes effort, and sometimes I really don’t want to, But I'm gonna put in the work because it’s something that I believe in, and you should too.

C’mon, live purposefully, it honestly sucks not to.

Sterling Grinnell