A Resting Place

He was just passing through.

Sadly I'd only have a few minutes to speak with him.  Still, like all the people God places in my path,  what he had to say was important.

I came home from shopping at the grocery store to find  a man sitting on my steps.

As I stopped in front of my home to let on coming  traffic by, I kept looking at him.  I had no idea  who he was or why he was there. I could clearly see that he appeared exhausted as  he wiped the sweat off his brow. I would guess he was in his 50's.  Dressed in  shorts and a Nike t-shirt and running shoes,  I assumed he was exercising. But it was one of the hottest days so far this  summer and the humidity was thick and heavy.

I slowly pulled into my driveway and as I approached  where he was sitting, he looked up at me.

"I'm sorry," he said.  "I really needed to sit down."

"That's fine." I replied.  "Take your time."

I quickly parked my car and went in to get a bottle  of water for him.

I startled him when I opened the front door.

"Here, please have some water," I offered.

"Thanks," he replied as he took a few slow sips.

"You know I admire the runners I see passing my house  regularly.  But isn't this a really bad day to run? "

"I know that now." he said smiling. "I really just  started this running thing.  I need to get in shape."

I walked down the steps and sat with him for a few  minutes.  I asked about how long he runs, if he is also  dieting, etc.

Then I asked him the real reason "why" he runs.

"I have come to discover that real runners don't do  it just for the exercise. There is a place that running  takes them.  A "zone" for a lack of better words," I said.

Then he set the bottle of water down and looked at me.

"That's remarkable. I really began this because I needed to stop, get away from all the stress in my life."

"That's funny.  You began running because you had to stop.  You are in essence running away from the things that  are causing you stress.  I love it!"

"At the end of a long day when I was sitting in my living  room trying to sort things out in my mind I heard, "Stop.   Give a portion of your time to just listen, not think." 

"So running came to mind?" I asked.

"Yes.  I think people can do the same, gain the same results  in that area by walking, too.  But, for now I am running."

Then he stood up, thanked me for the water and walked away.

Of course, I know this was more than coincedence.  You see, I  spend too much time thinking.  Even while watching a movie,  going for a drive, or simply sitting on my porch, my mind  keeps running.

I have no idea who that man was.  I have never seen him running  before and something tells me I will never see him again.

What I did "see" was the message and it will stay with me like an old  friend.  It is up to me to act upon it.

I believe the answers we seek are inside us.  People and events  trigger the proper response, but we all too often ignore them.

We all know the answers to our challenges in life.  We need to stop  giving life to our challenges and begin to bring life to the answers.

What lies dormant inside will astound you.

Permit me to share this quote with you:

"The resting place of the mind is the heart. The only thing  the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument,  and all it wants is quietude. The only place the mind will ever  find peace is inside the silence of the heart. That's where  you need to go."  Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

You can't run from your challenges.  They will surely be there when  you get back.

"Stop. Give a portion of your time to just listen, not think."

"I believe in you!"

Bob Perks

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