be

a little reminder from an old friend.

11 Sep 2013

48d9c6a1af585a82a0fb61d971c91132

i opened up my facebook feed a few minutes ago, and saw an amazing status update by a person that i admire greatly. jason was my theology professor and mentor when i was in seminary… challenging me, listening to me, and teaching me every day. i remember sitting in his classes and feeling as if all of these thoughts and beliefs that had always been inside me, finally had words to describe them. theology became my passion while i was studying, and i think it’s safe to say that practical theology is still a passion in my life. in seminary, under the theological influence and inspiration of jason, i came to understand myself as a contemplative theologian, drawn also to the mysticism of eastern christianity (and other religions as well).

now, years later, jason is my friend; and yet, still a mentor, even though we are the same age. he has been a very influential person who has been a real truth speaker in my life, never letting me settle for second best for myself. he has pushed me, believed in me, and been someone that i simply enjoy being around. he is an amazing theologian and author, and i have soaked up anything he has written that i have read. sadly, we have lived very far apart from each other, so we have not been able to keep in contact that much over the past few years.

when i read this update from him this morning, i was inspired as usual. but, even more than that, once again (as he did so many years before) his words seemed to express deeply my thoughts and feelings. i sent him a message and told him this (and let him know how much i missed chatting with him), only to end up finding out that he’d be in town next week. so, now, we have planned to catch up over a coffee or a beer.

i share his words with you now… because, while they speak to me directly, but that are applicable to us all. the message is so timely and perfect for me as i seek to accept my own path in life right now. jason, describes that search beautifully. so, read. and soak up this wisdom and beauty.

“About six months ago, I began a journey that I am still on. For years I had been walking a certain professional path. I knew what my goals were, where I was headed, how many miles I needed to make each day. Most of all, I had singleness of mind and purpose. I was intensely focused and therefore highly productive, that is, until the destination toward which I had been moving suddenly and dramatically lost its appeal. And so I left the path I had been on for so long and ventured out into the woods. Suddenly, there was no path and no destination. And for months, this was incredibly disorienting. Where was I going? What was I doing? For what purpose? The loss of a sense of control was at times difficult. And then I came into a sunlit clearing in the middle of the woods. There were no well worn paths anywhere in sight, only trees and mountains in every direction. And for the first time, I understood that it is a good and beautiful thing to have no particular path, no particular destination. It frees one to explore, to take one’s time, to enjoy, to care deeply and to not give a damn. And so my journey continues. But I am no longer without purpose. Once my purpose had been to arrive at a particular destination. Now, my purpose is simply to remain lost in the woods.” ~ Jason Vickers

IMG_3209

sometimes, i need to remember to slow down and trust the process.

sending you thoughts of peace and love today.

No Comments

  • Reply poetlandia 11 Sep 2013 at 11:48

    I love this so much. Speaking as someone lost in the woods.

    • Reply liz 18 Sep 2013 at 16:03

      So very glad that it spoke to you! xx

  • Reply SopranoOut 15 Sep 2013 at 13:16

    That’s beautiful, and it speaks to me as well. I recently did some things to try to, err, get out of the woods – and it didn’t have the desired result. I’m interested in going back to lost in the woods again. I certainly would never have expected myself to say that! (Note that I’m speaking metaphorically, and I have no interest in actually living in real woods, like, under trees and stuff. LOL)

    • Reply liz 18 Sep 2013 at 16:04

      HAHA! No, I didn’t imagine for one moment that you were dying to go all Walden. πŸ™‚ I am so glad the words were an inspiration for you as well. It leaves one much to think with, huh? xx

    Share your thoughts

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    %d bloggers like this: