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Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Spirit of a Sojourner: God's Gifts on the Wind

It has been quite a while since I last wrote in here. Although I think I have a fairly good excuse. My family and I were busy moving some 3500 miles across the country from Knoxville, Tennessee to our new home in Vancouver, Washington. We've been here for almost a week now. We're very happy with our choice of "habitat". Vanwa seems like a great area to be in. There's nothing like the combination of the Ocean, volcanoes, and evergreen trees to stir the senses. Although, I'm sure I am biased- I was not born a Northwesterner- but I certainly have evolved into one.

Throughout the journey here- which was an adventure of the grandest kind, I was reminded of the wonder of new beginnings. I was thanking God that He is opening yet another chapter in my life of almost 34 years. Recently this experience has reminded me of my days studying Biblical Studies in University- when we learned about God not only as Creator, but also as Sustainer- and Re-creator. In the West we've kind of lost some of the latter two categories. And maybe that's why we as Christians are lagging behind others when it comes to environmental concerns. We forget that we're supposed to image God in this "sustaining nature" as well as in His creative nature.

But alas- I digress... The point I was getting at is that on an occasion such as this (moving almost from one coast to the other), one is reminded of how good it feels to live life like an adventure. My Dad was reminding me the other day that it was almost exactly 30 years ago that my parents, my brother, and I, made a similar trek from New York to Vancouver, B.C. after arriving from the UK with nothing more than a Volkswagon van to our name. I like that this sojourning spirit is "in the blood"- so to speak.

The great thing about living life like an adventure, where you practice letting go of the old and assuming a posture that lets you embrace the new, is that it keeps you centered around the knowledge that God is sovereign. As North Americans we can gain a valuable experience by letting go of the world we've built around ourselves- and letting God reform us and our environment. That's what I feel He is doing for my family now. I feel like a man with his face turned towards a gentle wind- hopeful for what new tidings it will bring.

But most of all, as I said in the opening of this entry, I'm thankful for new beginnings. I'm thankful that no matter how many times I make a mess of things, God is ready to pick me up, dust me off, and let me try again. Each time I grow a little wiser from the experience. But I'm happy to say that while I am the product of mutltiple new beginnings, I have yet to grow tired of the newness. I only hope I can keep this perspective as I move forward from here. Here's to new beginnings- where the sky is always clear and everyone is your friend.


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