No Escape, and Cheese Buns

Do you enjoy welcoming new neighbours?

I made my favourite cheese buns, and brought them over to Sue and Brian’s recently renovated 1898 home.

They had moved to our village from Ontario just before the pandemic began.

Rural Newfoundlanders are somewhat Xenophobic (fearful of strangers).

They want to make sure that newcomers are not ‘running away from something’. Somewhat affectionately, they call a newcomer a CFA (Come From Away)

Have you found that people sometimes think that they can run away from things, people, or situations ?

If a job dissatisfies , the philosophy goes – find a new one! This applies to a spouse as well, or friends that have becoming challenging.

However, this is a fallacy, because, essentially, what we are trying to escape is ourselves, and this is impossible.

I love the title of the book ‘Wherever you Go, There You Are’, by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Wherever we move to, our thought patterns, attitudes, beliefs and ways of interpreting the world remain constant, unless we consciously work to challenge, and change our behaviours and beliefs.

Although our new homes and environments can provide new levels of novelty and distraction, eventually our level of life happiness, or dissatisfaction re-emerges.

Things of the world can entertain or distract us, but they can never provide the deep inner peace that we are all seeking.

St. Augustine reminds us that our hearts are restless, until they find their rest in God.

Ultimately only a relationship with God, through Jesus, will satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts.

As our relationship with the Lord deepens, we find that we are comfortable, and content wherever we are, for the Lord directs our steps.

He seeks to give us the inner peace that we all desire.

Photo by Sally

26 thoughts on “No Escape, and Cheese Buns

  1. I agree with you Sally that running away from a situation is not a permanent solution. Although in some circumstances distancing oneself maybe the best option but what you said about how we react, our thoughts patterns return, and only God can give us the contentment and peace we need.

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    1. Yes, I agree. They certainly influenced each other.
      Also influencing Augustine was his mother Monica, who prayed for his conversion for many years. He was quite a rebellious youth.
      Just reminds us to keep persisting in prayer for those who don’t yet know the Lord.
      Thanks, c.a. ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ

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      1. I was very moved by his and Ambroseโ€™s comments on his motherโ€™s prayers. I think it was Ambrose (maybe a church leader in Carthage) who noted to him that God will not ignore such earnest supplication as she offered for her son; He would count the tears.

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      2. Yes, so true. God notices our earnest supplication, and our tears for those who walk in rebellion to God.
        Both Augustine and Monica became saints. Thanks, c.a. ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท

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    1. Yes, I agree. So often we look for changes outside of ourselves, when what is needed most is a change within ourselves.
      Thanks for your comment. ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿค—

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  2. I know exactly what you mean, Sally. The whole โ€œwherever you go, there you areโ€ is something thatโ€™s easy to forget. What needs to change, me or my surroundings? What are we running away from and what are trying to run towards? All good questions for reflection. Your posts are always so thoughtful. Appreciate your wisdom.

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  3. It is impossible to escape ourselves. This could be a fairly deep thought, but you have explained it in simple terms, Sally. I wonder if this idea is related to the concept of a Hedonistic Treadmill? No matter where we go, what we buy or who we are with, our base level of happiness tends to remain the same over time. Thank God there is a prescription to heal such “navel gazing.” As you said, only through abiding in Christ (growing a personal relationship with God) do we find true happiness.

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  4. I love that He is showing so many of us the same things, albeit, He is showing me that there are others whose faith orders them such that they get the point across so much more eloquently than me. A new job or spouse wont help me with that! lol. Alas, something to strive for, Sally, beautiful article.

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