Faith & FamilyRun Like a Herd of Buffalo August 22, 2013Two inspiring posts in a row? What’s happening around here? I promise this won’t become an everyday thing and design will go out the window, but there are some big things happening around here and I seem to need/want to share a little inspiration. This is a spiritual post, so read on if interested Have you ever heard the phrase “run like a herd of buffalo”? I first heard it in a book that I read years ago. It was a book on faith and it was talking about trusting and running this race we call life well. You see, as the book described, a buffalo can only see clearly for ten feet in front of them. Yet, they run at like 50 miles per hour. They also can’t see side to side very well. They stare straight ahead and run. The analogy that the book was making is pretty clear and a really good one. We can only see a short distance in front of us. We have no idea how any situation will turn out. We don’t even know if we’ll be around come tomorrow. And so often, that uncertainty inhibits us and keeps us from running the race. We look side to side and see or compare ourselves to other runners. We look side to side, wary of possible risks and horrible outcomes. And that looking side to side slows us down. Instead of just trusting and running, trusting and running. You see, if we’ve really given a situation over to God then there’s no outcome that we should fear. Even if it doesn’t turn out the way we imagined or hoped, if we’ve given it to Him, it’s turned out exactly as He wanted and in the end, He really does know best. Jeremiah 29:11 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. This has been my story for the last couple of years, especially with the blog. I’ve been worried about taking risks because what if they didn’t turn out well? I’ve worried so much that it has very often kept me from acting. If we don’t act at all, then we’re protecting ourselves, right? Well, wrong. Not “acting” as much as I would like with the blog has given me a very clear picture that yes, God can and will bless things, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have to do our part. We have to trust Him, but then put ourselves to work. Something clicked in me back in the spring where the blog was concerned. I started processing some of this and that’s why I initially bought the ticket to Haven. But Haven and lots of soul searching over my summer off have really put it into perspective. After a conversation with Emily A. Clark (this sweet lady keeps showing up in my posts!), I sat down and I journaled a prayer. I journaled asking God to help me to be more diligent with the blog than ever before. But most of all, I prayed a prayer that Emily told me about. While Kristin and I were talking to her, she said that in the beginning of her blog journey, she prayed and asked God to bless her blog if it was His will. I journaled that prayer that day. I told God that I most of all, want to glorify Him with the blog. Yes, it’s an awesome outlet for me and I LOVE designing, but at the end of the day, it needs to be something that makes strides for Him. He knows the future of what all of this might become. I prayed that if this was the way He had for me to glorify Him, that He would bless it. If it wasn’t, I prayed that He would take it away. Since then, I’ve prayed that over and over. When a worry creeps in, when I start looking side to side, I pray, “Bless it or take it away.” And y’all, He has blown my socks off. Every single time I’ve prayed that, it seems like something huge has happened. I’m serious! And please don’t think I mean that we should all just pray and ask for things and He’s always going to come through. There have been many times in my life where that is not the case and looking back, I am so thankful each of those situations turned out like it did! I think it’s about realizing that we have to first trust and give it over to Him, and then put ourselves to work, all the while being okay with any outcome He provides. I wish I could share them all today, but I promise in the next few weeks, some big things will be happening around here. I’m so sorry to do that to y’all. I always hate those teasers because I’m like, “Tell me now!!!” But I promise it’ll be soon. I just had to share what was on my heart. I am so blown away right now by God’s faithfulness and by what He’s doing. Where the blog is concerned and in all other areas of my life, I’m trying to trust and run like that herd of buffalo. How are you running?