After an unprecedented month-and-a-half hiatus, I am returning to Sojourner's Song. You may be wondering what reasons I can give for my extended absence, especially if you've been missing my erudite literary analysis, profound social commentary, and penetrating spiritual insights, as I'm sure you have. Well, I have a very good reason - in fact, I can't think of a better one.
I've been chasing a girl.
Her name is Jessica. She's 22, thoroughly beautiful, deeply intelligent, and overflowing with love for God and life. She's well-read, well-traveled (India, Thailand, New Zealand, and all over the States,) and... well, adjectives have their limits.
In August, I discovered her blog: The Scribbles of a Sojourner. I was immediately struck by the quality and maturity of her writing, and sent her a short message saying so. She responded, and thus began an ongoing conversation that has been growing deeper and more delightful ever since.
Though she's originally from central Idaho, she's currently living in New Zealand, so at the end of September I boarded a plane in San Francisco to go meet her. I was there for a week and half, and it was wonderful. We enjoyed some long walks, many deep conversations, and a beautiful date at a local restaurant, after a lovely time exploring Queen's Park and taking a long stroll down the beach.
So, much has changed. I'm ready to get back to writing, and I'm excited about sharing the sojourn again. (Psalm 45:1) As usual, there's much to see and discover, and much to learn and understand. At least, if I have a lot to say over the next few months about a four-letter word beginning with "L", you'll know why.
It's a wild ride, and sometimes I don't feel very brave. But God's mercy is an amazing thing, and if we can learn to stand under it, nothing is impossible.
"You came in without notice / and settled all around my heart / took up residence in the places / that were vacant and dark / I wish I could tell you / but I just can't find the words..."-Sandra McCracken, "Springtime Indiana"
Note: This is a courtship, not an engagement. Please gossip responsibly.
Image courtesy of Jessica