This weekend, I Ate, Prayed, and Loved with Julia Roberts and one of my oldest and dearest friends, Price. I loved Elizabeth Gilbert’s book and the movie, while a little on the long side, did not disappoint. First of all, I firmly believe you can never go wrong with Julia. Second, it takes you to beautiful places in Italy, India, and Bali. Third, it was a little escape into someone else’s search for purpose, belonging, and love. For me, it’s much easier to watch someone else on that quest than figuring it out myself. Here’s a little preview:
Why is it so fun to watch someone else find or rediscover themselves? Sometimes I read or see things like this and think, “That’s what I need—a fresh start, a new routine, a fabulous new hobby, the perfect outfit, a brand new hair style…”
This may also account for my bizarre love for infomercials. You see transformations. It could be a hair product, exercise tapes (of which I have may fair share of great ones), skin care products, or cooking tools you would have never thought of, but the minute you see it, how can you live without it? I mean, don’t we all think our lives would be a little more complete if we had the magic bullet so we could eat smoothies in the morning, mix up a little fresh salsa when we get home, and then finish the night with some fresh alfredo sauce all with one appliance and a few clicks?
As I watched our heroine have the experience of a lifetime, I left with a longing for more of God. On some level it made me realize that no matter how crazy, fun, or exotic something may be, without God, what’s the point? I found myself praying, “Lord, take me away with you. Wherever you are is right where I want to be.”
Don’t get me wrong, I know God uses journeys, searching, longings, and new relationships to draw us closer to Him. I’ve seen Him take my life experiences—the good and the bad—to strengthen and shape my faith. I just don’t want to lose Him in the process. Rather, I want the process to start with Him.
I want God at the center—sweeping me away, showing me my life matters, that I was created for a purpose, and that I am cherished and loved.
At the risk of sounding incredibly cheesy, the greatest adventure we will ever know begins with God. Without Him, why are we here?