I've got this spot that I stumbled upon one rainy, winter day in December of last year. After making a number of trips back and forth across the state, moving everything I had back to Yakima, I needed a break from driving. I pulled the car over about 20 miles out of Yakima and started hiking into an unknown area that had a path leading to somewhere I couldn't see. As the incline leveled out, the plateau that was nestled between two canyon walls started to show its size. Atop this barren and soggy land was a number of broken down apple crates, other piles of wood, a few empty barrels, and a lookout platform that was unfinished and teetering on the edge of a cliff a few hundred feet above a river.
Not a sound from up there could be heard, other than the running water from the water below. Even in the rain, I realized that this was going to be my spot. After long drives coming back from Seattle, I'd pull the car over in this place and hike up, soaking in the quiet. One of my visits, I came face to face with a troop of deer, as I was carrying out some abandoned wood from one of the piles. As the deer stared me in the eyes, I could only laugh to myself, as I imagined what they would say if only they could talk. After years in the city, I needed that quiet. A place where I could go, only me and my listening ears.
I'm the king of keeping myself busy. My routine during a day is similar to being a shark out of water. Just. Keep. Swimming. When I stop moving, I pass out. It's only in places like this where I'm completely comfortable just putting everything away and taking it all in. Stillness. Solitary. The more I spend time reflecting about life and why things are the way they are for me currently, the more I realize that I need this place. I can keep myself busy until I pass out, but it's all just a distraction. Literally everything can be a means to avoiding things if I were to want it that way, but this last month, I've had more time alone than ever before and I realize how necessary it is to my growth and relationship with God. Take time to do nothing. Be still, be silent, and listen. #UntilWeMeetAgain