another sunset metaphor

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So, do you ever feel like you are chasing the warmth and beauty of the sunset while the darkness of night is chasing you?

I often get caught in a rabid chase of the future while I run from the past. I can too easily struggle so hard against my fears while simultaneously chasing after the someday that never comes evan as it promises a kind of happily-every-after. And by “often” I think I mean “too often” even though not as frequently as I used to — which is a good thing over all.

It is exhausting.

On Sunday at Northland, Pastor Dan made a recommendation: “Turn around and run into the dark.” I know, it is counter-intuitive. It seems too dangerous–but isn’t the greater danger waiting to swallow us up as we collapse? And , as he also pointed out, when we do run toward the darkness we are ultimately running toward the sunrise.

I’ve been pondering this for a couple of days already.

What darkness has me at a run?

What dream of some less than real hope has me panting in the fear-filled place of dusky in-between?

Where do I need to dive headlong into the unknown of darkness and keep pushing through to the absolutely promise of sunrise?

 

One thought on “another sunset metaphor

  1. Kate Eden King says:

    Beautiful words and thoughts Ruth. I can identify. But over the past few years a new ‘mantra’ has tipped the balance and propelled me into risking the darkness and chasing some of those dreams: “Face the fear and do it anyway” There’s a book by that name, which I’ve never read – the title was enough.The darkness is never as dark as you think it’s going to be.

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