Thinking can be dangerously self-absorbed. Of course, this depends entirely on what you are thinking of. This morning, I woke, moved around, then laid on my bed to think. Sometimes thoughts are enlightening, wonderful, and inspirational. Other times, they are simply self-suffocating. I keep thinking the same things over and over and the monotony threatens to kill any creativity I have left but my brain is set on repeat and I can't stop. I was in this stifling cycle this morning so I decided that going on a run would be helpful.
I have an odd malady where occasionally I will have shooting pains in my lungs and won't be able to breathe. If you know me personally, and I happen to freeze in the middle of a conversation or action, this is probably why. It isn't that much of a problem, I can usually resume breathing after a few moments and keep going. Sadly, this morning, when I most needed to run away from myself, my lungs would not cooperate and I was forced into a fast walk.
I had been doing this run for a little bit, stop running to start breathing again, start walking, forget why I couldn't run, start running, stop breathing, and so on for about an hour and had no less separated myself from my thoughts than when I was lying on my bed. This made me very frustrated and I was on the verge of considering my run/walk a waste when a very well timed friend sent a text saying that they wanted to know the real me.
It then struck me. God wants to know the real me too and is daunting as that may feel (the idea that the creator of the universe and savior of mankind cares at all about me), He already knows the real me. All my efforts to sculpt my outward self into the person I wish I could be are pointless. The fact that I was letting personal battles and distractions get in the way of being intimate with God who already knows all about my shortcomings and failures suddenly seemed quite foolish indeed. If I must think myself in circles, then perhaps refocusing myself on living for God and Him alone could release me from this trap of thinking.