Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Art of Racing in the Rain

I recently read an absolutely amazing book, The Art of Racing in the Rain.  The narrator is a dog Enzo who belongs to a professional race car driver Denny in Seattle (hence the title).  Even if you don't have a dog or love dogs, this book is a must read for anyone.  It is funny, poignant, and heartbreaking. 

One quote in particular stuck out to me, and I want to share it with you.

"Could Denny have possibly appreciated the subjective nature of loneliness, which is something that exists only in the mind, not in the world, and, like a virus, is unable to survive without a willing host?"
(Garth Stein)

Unfortunately, I think we have all suffered from loneliness at some point.  Like many emotions, it can come like a thief in the night, stealing away our joy and liveliness in a quick moment.  The scary and very sad thing about loneliness is that you can feel it even when surrounded by a room full of your loved ones. 

While I definitely don't have all of the answers, I do know that we are never, ever truly alone with God.  He is alive within us and always wants to be with us, no matter what we do.  We can spend years pushing Him away, and He will always welcome us back with open arms. 

One more bit of food for thought:

"If you're not feeling close to God, guess who moved?"

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