So just what exactly does travel have to do with raw and real anyway you might ask.
At first blush, nothing.
I know for me it has something very important to do with my process.
I’ll see if I can explain, and you can see if this fits for you as well.
When I was small, the big event of the week was to go and visit my grandparents’ house, which was out of town.
In adult terms, only fifteen miles or so, but to a child, it was SO far.
Regardless of the distance, traveling down that gravel road approaching their home, was the best feeling of all.
There were cousins to play with, horses to pet, barns to hide in and apple trees to climb.
Do you see what was missing?
You saw correctly if you saw that → There were no bullies.←
For that time, I was free from the daily torment of those bully boys and the mean girls.
With my cousins living across just across the road, it was as close to perfect as could be.
Until it wasn’t.
A misunderstanding between my father, my grandfather, and myself, got me the biggest beating of my life,
and an excommunication from my grandparents’ property.
Later on in years, around the age of receiving a driver’s license, travel was important for about the same reasons.
The bullies, the mean girls, and some others who won’t be mentioned, were left behind while I escaped from them for a little while.
When newly married, and having small children, my husband and I lived in the middle of an average sized mid-western town.
We purchased a camper, and a membership to a campground some forty miles away.
Away we would travel; there was peace and quiet for us all.
During those times, I always believed – in my dreams – that I/we could travel away and all, things would be left behind.
The biggest issue, was always having to return, back to the scene of the crime you might say.
The peace and quiet was physical, but I began to realize that peace was an “Inside job”.
My then, unbeknownst to me, introverted self, began taking a look inside, with the help of a pastor/mentor friend of mine.
He showed me how to read the Word of God, the Holy Bible, and glean out of it the →help I needed for myself.←
My hope is that perhaps this little series might give you some ideas, and bring the same help to you.
We are all different, some of what worked for me may help, or you may need to look at some other ideas.
The above mentioned mentor has through the years, shown me multiple ways, to help with that “Inside job”.
You can read more from him →here if you like.←
Meanwhile, travelling back to the point.
When you’re younger, you travel short distances, or you travel just “In your mind”.
As adults, who want to not only be free, but be useful in the lives of those they love, and in society in general.
We must learn to travel to that inside place.
Psalms 139 calls it “my inward parts”, “in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth”.
What I know to be true, is that if God took that much care in creating us, then He will surely take care to help us with those parts.
He longs for us to be free.
We need only ask.
Nowadays, when I travel, it is because I want to go somewhere.
I want to see something new.
I want to spend some good times with my family and friends.
I don’t travel because I’m trying to get away from bullies.
There is peace within.
Even if I see turmoil in the earth, the peace within me still abides.
How about you?
Where do you want to travel?
Why do you want to travel?
Just consider, to find peace within, and peace without.
Join me next time for installment #11 – Relate.
Until next time …