Shannon Falls, August 2012

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Windy Road Ahead

Twists and turns. Loops and detours. Each day is filled with the unexpected; I know this now more than ever. Happiness and heartache. Serenity and anxiety. This life is one of contrasts. One day (or one moment even) you may scale the steepest terrain you've ever encountered and found yourself standing atop a mountain gazing across endless beauty. Before you can think twice, you find yourself in a cavernous valley straining and reaching for the peace and accomplishment you found upon that peak. I love words! I suspect each of you reading this immediately gained a personal mental picture when you imagined standing atop a mountain taking in boundless creation. What crossed your mind? Other peaks yet to be ascended? Rolling green plains with sprigs of colorful flowers winking at you in the breeze? A different view entirely? See what I mean about words?! They just grab you and pull you in. But I digress (and I do this often!).

Creating a blogspot has been on my mind much lately. David and I are about to embark on a new journey. One, to be honest, that I never quite imagined I would be undertaking! I have accepted an 8th grade English position at my former high school on the MS Gulf Coast. Thus, I imagine it is a very good thing I enjoy creating imagery and learning new vocabulary as soon I will be teaching it! Yes, I journal and I sometimes blog on MySpace, but the very idea of creating my own blog has consumed me. Maybe it's because I see this as a fresh start. This concept is quite difficult to explain. David and I have had a wonderful 14 months of marriage, one filled with all those adjectives up above! But I never dreamed that I would be living in north MS, readying to move back to the Gulf Coast, nor preparing to teach! As my college years progressed, I envisioned leading a thriving children's ministry somewhere in the South. But seminary (maybe it was the location) drove me bananas and I have no desire to go back. David and I both are so hungry to know where and what we are to be doing for the Kingdom, yet we have very little patience and desire for the church as we see it. Don't gasp or stop reading at this point; this is exactly why individuals have blogspots--to pour out their ideas, feelings, thoughts, struggles. This "struggle" with the church doesn't mean our hunger for God or His work has lessened; in fact, we feel this is exactly why I'll be teaching this fall and why David also feels called at this time to education. Do you have any idea what doors open when you have your teaching license?! God is drawing us back to the Coast, perhaps and most likely for this very purpose: that we may gain our knowledge and experience in this field so that He can equip us for the next step. I don't want to dwell on the past 3 years and all the good and bad that has come our way since David and I met. I'm looking forward to our future as we navigate the twists and turns, bumps and bruises. We are stepping forward, trusting God to open doors and to provide. Is this easy? No. But it is coming easier for me. We have a great deal to look forward to and I can't wait to see where He takes us!