Monday, August 07, 2006

there is a day

There is a day
when the road neither
comes nor goes, and the way
is not a way but a place

This poem from Wendell Berry (it is the final poem in "the timbered choir") has been bouncing around my mind for a couple of weeks. it speaks to something i am learning about home and place and the journey of life. i am a restless person insofar as i like the idea and experience of travel and dislike routine. after eight years of living in a foreign land many times i still feel very much like a backpacker passing through. i can happily move around with the excitement of the new offering greater joy than the sense of stability that comes from staying put.

Sherry and I have recently resolved to sink our roots deep here in Kentucky soil. We had occasionally imagined that we would be persuing a missionary call in some other land in coming years but instead we have been gently guided to make this the place to work out the future. we both came to this city on the way somewhere else but such are the trickster ways of the God that we have fallen in love with Lexington. we have also realised this is a grace-filled located and a strategic place to wrestle some vocational angels...all through the night if need be. so the way has become a place and belonging to a place (as wendell berry reminds us) is what it means to be a whole human. i am just beginning to learn this wisdom.

4 comments:

jkoch said...

i'm thankful for you guys and that you're planning to stay here in this lovely state. we have decided to stay here as well. (thanks to ryan who thinks more like wendell berry than should be allowed). i do enjoy thinking about the strong relationships that can come from being rooted here. i pray that God blesses your faithfulness. and that your travels are lovely and full, but good reminders of what is growing here.

geoff said...

thanks jodester.
these are exciting times for our community. there is much to celebrate and much to anticipate with joy. staying put (and the accompanying holy practices of fidelity, reliability, and patience)is an important disciple i am learning.

Kath and Kev said...

Geoff and Sherry We thank god for your obedience to His call on your life.We love you and praise god for your faithfulness

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