February 13, 2007

sojourning

You can never really guess what the turns and the tides of life will bring...

I got an email from a friend telling me about the fun in the snow in England at the moment – snowball fights, snowmen, 5 hours spent with friends sliding along in the car for a usually 20 minute journey! And I am here – and I would have been there... and would have loved it! Here – the rain is pouring down and I zip through the puddles on my bike riding one handed with an umbrella in the other. I'm studying a book on “self discipline” and I'm making new friends who speak Albanian and have lived another kind of life. I'm happy – I just never could have guessed this. I've got to live this new life with as much commitment of delight and love as I would have - a snowball of fun across the waters. Is that saying goodbye to a life lived before? I don't exactly think so – I'm just sailing along with the currents and having been pulled far along in an undertow I'm learning to make sense and build new life on this “treasure island” that Gods wind blew me upon.

I have been this way since since childhood never ever wanting to let go of life that in reality was already transpiring away from me, like a vapour, like a tailwind. Its the people who have always been most important - though landscapes and seas, mountains, trees and old houses and dogs all had their weight of glory. My comfort in that is that God is a God of the eternal – and his relationships last forever – I can trust all my true friends of memories and present day to that. And here on the temporary planes they are out there sailing the seas too, and those surfing the same waves, well we'll bump into each other again one day – and I shall offer them exotic teas from foreign fields before once again sojourning on.

6 comments:

MaryD said...

Hi Bethy! It's so fun to see your writings on the web in a moment even though you are continents away! I love seeing your notes on my blog too. Riding your bicycle in the rain while holding your umbrella... wish you could get a photo of that. It sounds fun. I think you are so right to know the blessing of God in each moment, that you live each moment to the full. From Albania to Scotland to Liberia and Chicago and all places in between, you have become at home and have loved and been loved in each. God is blessing you so many ways, and using you to be a blessing too!
Love you,
Aunt Mary

Catherine said...

Ha!Ha! that was me wasn't it!!!!! you really sound happy Beth - Praise God!!!!! xxx

Sarita said...

HELLO BETH!
How about a visit from us this summer? We are working on getting tickets this week and will hopefully be coming to Albania May 23rd- 30th. Will you be around????

Sara

Henrietta said...

like it beth! know the umbrella/bike thing a little closer to home too :-) i attach mine to a toggle on my coat as we have so many bridges here, that as i cycle home from 'downtown', i am constantly having to use both hands to stop at each one!love English Hen in Kyoto. x

Henrietta said...

PS. Did e-blogger force you to join a google account version as it is me? really cheeky i think. i now cant post any entries as my computer is too slow to transfer it... i wil sort it out after my exams next week.

Mary said...

this is beautiful, beth. thank you for sharing.