I’ve returned to my original design theme, Chuck Noland from Castaway, standing at the intersection after he’d returned against all odds. In his case, home would never be the same. His return meant that he had discovered the key ingredients to surviving the storms of life.
Perseverance, a belief that there is a good place waiting for you, and a willingness to live low in order to get there. “I had power over nothing. I couldn’t even kill myself. But somehow I knew that I had to stay alive, keep breathing..” It’s a metaphor for the wilderness that some of us will pass through in this life. We start with great promise, but then the enemy does his work. He silently comes in and twists, destroys, or stunts the very thing we were made for. His arrows lodge deep in our hearts. Your deepest wounds are taken right in the very place where God has set your greatest strength, and your truest glory. However it comes about, we’ll see it at as failure, punishment, or curse. We have the Midas touch, and everything we come near dies, or burns, or wastes away. But this is the only place to discover that we “have power over nothing’, and yet are granted the strength to keep living, keep breathing, keep moving. And that wherever we may find ourselves, to realize that it’s only a stop on the journey, not the destination.
I began blogging back in 2004, to document the journey I sensed unfolding before me. I knew I was approaching an intersection in my life, and was struggling to find the right path forward. Which way? All roads looked the same, and I had no idea which direction to go. Or that I would end up here.
My interests are varied, with a few entries dedicated to subjects such as Orthodoxy, Anglicanism, Wild At Heart, marriage, life between the sexes, etc. With some nonsense mixed in.
But just so you don’t think that I think I am anyone special, I’ll quote one of the wisest men I have ever known. And that should clear up any misconceptions.
“When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I believe and I doubt, I hope and get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good, I feel guilty about not feeling guilty. I am trusting and suspicious. I am honest and I still play games. Aristotle said I am a rational animal; I say I am an angel with an incredible capacity for beer.” – Brennan Manning
I appreciate your visit, and hope that you will share your thoughts and insights.
And if we should ever meet, please introduce yourself. Because while I have been accused of sometimes being rational, I will share my beer.