One Daughter’s Yellowbrick Journey Back Home

Like Dorothy, my own yellowbrick journey was proceeded by a devastating storm. A twister that ravaged my heart, destroyed my health, and scattered my dreams across the prairie. When the storm clouds rolled away, everything familiar and safe was gone. I was in a strange land, confused and disoriented by my surroundings. But as I walked my own yellowbrick road, I discovered I too possessed the power to find my way back home. | Christian Daughter | Christian Living | Inspiration and Faith | Family Relationships

Do you remember what Glinda the Good said to Dorothy at the end of Wizard of Oz?

Dorothy was begging Glinda to help her get back home and Glinda’s reply was, “You don’t need to be helped any longer. You’ve always had the power to get back to Kansas.”

At this point, Scarecrow chimes in and asks the Good Witch why she didn’t tell Dorothy this sooner.

A high-pitched laugh escapes Glinda’s lips before she replies that Dorothy wouldn’t have believed her because this was a lesson she had to learn for herself.

Truthfully, there are some lessons that can only be learned on the yellowbrick roads of life.

Roads that are fraught with danger, distraction, disappointment and, thankfully, a few devoted friends.

Like Dorothy, my own yellowbrick journey was proceeded by a devastating storm.

A twister that ravaged my heart, destroyed my health, and scattered my dreams across the prairie.

When the storm clouds rolled away, everything familiar and safe was gone.

I was in a strange land, confused and disoriented by my surroundings.

But as I walked my own yellowbrick road, I discovered I too possessed the power to find my way back home.

For me home is a restorative valley within walking distance of extended family.

A place where I can grow deep roots and spend my days exploring the beauty of God’s design.

For you, home might be something else altogether.  But the truth is, we are all on a yellowbrick journey, we are all searching for a place to call home.

I’m so glad I’ve found mine and I pray that my journey inspires your own in some way.

Like Dorothy, my own yellowbrick journey was proceeded by a devastating storm. A twister that ravaged my heart, destroyed my health, and scattered my dreams across the prairie. When the storm clouds rolled away, everything familiar and safe was gone. I was in a strange land, confused and disoriented by my surroundings. But as I walked my own yellowbrick road, I discovered I too possessed the power to find my way back home. | Christian Daughter | Christian Living | Inspiration and Faith | Family Relationships

In a recent podcast interview with Katy Patton of HappyPlayces.com, I had the opportunity to share a glimpse into my yellowbrick journey.

It is my hope that our conversation empowers and equips you to fight through many common obstacles on your own journey home.

In this interview, I share about the health crisis that precipitated our decision to move to the country and radically changed the way our family does life together.

I open up about my relationship with my mother and share some of the struggles we’ve had and the restorative work God has done in our relationship.

I also share some of my best tips for balancing motherhood and work as well as a few of my favorite truths from God’s Word that have brought such freedom and victory in my life.

This is my yellowbrick journey.

I’m so happy to have found a friend in Katy. If you don’t already subscribe to her podcasts, I’d encourage you to do that now.  She’s interviewed many amazing women, including Sarah Blount and Niki Hardy.

Also, I’d love to chat about yellowbrick journeys in the comments. What’s one thing you’ve learned on your journey that might be a source of encouragement for others. Let’s chat about it!

This article has been shared at my favorite Faith & Family Linkups.

Sarah Koontz

About Sarah Koontz

  Sarah Koontz invites Christians of all ages to explore the beauty of God’s design. She is a passionate storyteller who enjoys using illustrations to communicate deep spiritual truths. Sarah lives on 13-acres in South Dakota with her husband, two daughters and a rowdy flock of 30 chickens. She revels in their simple, uncluttered life. Follow Sarah on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Read Sarah's full Bio Here.

30 thoughts on “One Daughter’s Yellowbrick Journey Back Home

  1. This post resonates for me in huge ways because two of my boys performed in Wizard of Oz a couple of years ago, and the plot — with all its metaphorical implications — is still with me! Thanks for this insightful post!

    1. Oh, Michelle…how wonderful! I always wished I could have done theater when I was younger. That’s why I always try to incorporate some theatrics into my speaking engagements, you know..just to get it out of my system. I do love all the metaphors from Wizard of Oz. Thanks for your continual support and encouragement.

  2. Thank you for sharing about this podcast where you open up about your Yellow Brick journey. I love how you used the Wizard of Oz as a metaphor for your journey and really anyone’s journey, one that many times must be learned on our own, but never alone as Christ Jesus is with us every step of the way.

    Blessings,

    1. Yes, a journey we must all take but in which we are never alone. I had fun finding the Wizard of Oz parallels….there are so many to choose from!

  3. Yellow brick roads of life – love that. Goodness, I’ve had lots of yellowbrick journeys in life, especially during my 20 years of being a wife and almost 18 years of being a homeschool mom. One journey that stands out is my journey to contentment. Though not perfect, I’m in a much better place than I was years ago. God took our family to a valley during the economic crisis of 2007-2008. My husband lost his job, and since we’d used all of our savings to move out to Arizona the year before, we had nothing. It was such a time of humbling for me since we had to sign up for all kinds of government help. We ended up even losing our home and having to rent for a few years. To make a long story short, it was during those years God really worked on my heart and helped me realize just how much I had to be thankful for. He replaced frustration, covetousness and discontent with peace, gratefulness, and contentment. I guess I had this mentality that I deserved more out of life than I had – so prideful. 🙁

    Thanks for sharing your journey today at Literacy Musing Mondays. 🙂

    1. Oh, I’ve struggled with contentment too, Brandi! I hate that feeling of covetousness and discontent. I am always talking to my kids about how it steals our joy to focus on what others have that we don’t. God has humbled me time and again, and I’m learning to be content in whatever my circumstance. Trusting that He’s got my best at heart!

  4. Thank you for sharing! God uses all things to for His glory, including the storms of our lives. It’s in those times, we can become overwhelmed by the winds and waves or press into the peace only He can provide.

    1. It’s true, we need God most in the midst of the storm! It’s such a blessing to know He is growing our dependency and strength in the storm, it somehow makes it easier to endure.

  5. Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your journey on your yellow brick road. I loved how you used a popular classic and paralleled it to our life’s path. Great post!
    Visiting from #LMM

  6. You are a constant source of encouragement and inspiration for me, sweet friend. Hoping our move to NC will be where we find our little place to call home. I know God is ushering us into something beautiful … but I’m still on the yellow brick road … only carrying on by His Strength!

    1. Lauren, I’m hoping you find a home worth settling into as well. God is so good to us, even when we are in the storm. And girl, there’s nothing wrong with just getting through sometimes. Survival eventually gives way to something sweeter….rest…..and rest gives us the strength to learn how to thrive again. Keep walking the path, one step in front of the other, trusting God to make something beautiful out of your trials.

  7. I like your analogy with the yellow brick road in The Wizard of Oz. Yes, we all have our storms and our yellow brick roads with bumps and bruises along the way. But sooner or later we do seem to find our way “home.” I’m so thankful that God is with us all the way on this journey of life.

    Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at #TestimonyTuesday.

  8. Life’s storms certainly have a way of sending devastation in and throwing us off course. Then as we pick ourselves up, we slowly discover that our yellow brick road journey is one where we are always accompanied by the Master’s voice, His guidebook and constant soul companionship. Those things make a great difference in how we respond and react. I’m in this place spiritually, if not physically: “A place where I can grow deep roots” and it’s a space where our souls can breathe more freely, despite what is happening around us. Thank you for sharing about your journey, Sarah. Blessed to be your neighbour at the #TellHisStory link up! 🙂

    1. You make me think of one of my favorite passages of Scripture, Jeremiah 17:7-8 in the Message translation: But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God. They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers – Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.

  9. I love that particular passage as well, Sarah. And I’m currently drawn to anything about “roots”, because God gave me the word “rooted” as my one word for this year. 🙂

  10. Thank you for the analogy of the yellow-brick road that leads us to the end of ourselves and totally leaning on our Lord. I’ve traveled one devastating one that some day I will have to share when the Lord prompts.
    Living in the desert, your reference in the reply above has also struck a chord with me–“through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.” Jer. 17:7-8.
    Going through a drought at the moment, I need to lean into Jesus.
    Saw you at #PorchStories.
    Blessings,
    Janis

    1. Deserts are never easy. They aren’t beautiful, they aren’t comfortable, they aren’t…well….they jut aren’t fun. But sometimes we have to go through the desert to get where God wants us to be, and for that…I’m learning to appreciate the desert, for all it has taught me about depending on Christ for al things. Storms and deserts are realities we must all face in this life, different seasons bring different challenges, but God is with us through it all, isn’t he? Saying a prayer for your parched and thirsty soul today.

  11. As believers, we always do have the power to go home, and are assured of a loving Father who waits for us! Like the prodigal son, most of us must ‘come to our senses’ and get up and go. thanks!

  12. Sarah, great article. I love the analogy of the yellow brick road and getting to a place called home. Such a beautiful spiritual picture. I also listened to the podcast interview. Particularly like what Katy shared about pruning the tomato plants and how that applies to her life…our lives. Blessings over your writing and ministry, God’s anointing, favor, and most of all…His glory.

    1. Ahhhh….pruning! Such a good spiritual analogy. Sometime’s we’ve got to cut back the extra growth so we’ve got the energy to nurture the fruit that is already set. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

  13. Sarah, I really enjoyed listening to the podcast and getting an insight into your life. I love what you said about sharing one thing that you’d rather hide. Being vulnerable like that keeps us real and keeps the enemy at bay. Love that!

    1. Oh, Marva. I’m so glad you took the time to listen to the podcast (I know it’s not short!). I’ve always enjoyed watching my blogging friends speak or listening to them in interviews, gives you a whole new perspective on who they are. Sharing what we long to hide, it’s a battle, isn’t it? A worthy one indeed!

  14. Oh, yes! Many a yellow brick road journeys here. And honestly, not a one I would change today because it’s brought me to right where I am – home! Thanks, Sarah! Lovely post and lovely interview 🙂 I’m sharing with Katy in a couple of weeks, too♥
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

    1. I couldn’t agree more. The yellowbrick journey isn’t always easy, but it is always rewarding. It’s the journey that prepares us for the destination! I look forward to listening to your Happy Playces interview.

  15. What a fun analogy of life and the yellowbrick journey. I love it. The journey sure does shape us and make us into what we are meant to be. God knows what he is doing.

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