We all do it. We talk about traveling and going places while we are in college with our best friends. But, my best friend and I actually made that dreamy conversation a reality and spent two weeks in England this past September. The first week we stayed with good friends A. and O. and made day trips to Bath, Oxford, and Cambridge, and then spent the second week in London. It was great to have a change in pace. I needed to slow down to just take in new things, blessed by good conversation with friends, and just…BE. It was also a time to reflect on what is next for me.
The past five years God has not opened any doors for me to move on somewhere else professionally in art administration (I am still having fun where I am too!), but he has continued to open many creative doors. He has also brought many new friends and relationships into my life, old and new, even up to this past month. God has used these rekindled and new relationships to bless me, open my eyes, stretch me, and always help me see other perspectives and sometimes affirm my own beliefs. I am being reminded again that prayer is powerful, so be careful what you pray for. Sometimes the little things he teaches us are what are most profound in our growth as humans.
I am so thankful for my friend T. who nudged me to participate in a Faith Walking Retreat in November. As a follower of Christ, I are constantly being transformed into his likeness, but that transformation is a life long journey. We do get stuck because of our fallen human nature. I learned more about my human self and where, how, and why I was stuck. I am thankful, humbled, and in awe, that no matter what age, Christ can totally transform us. And it is amazing to see that transformation come to life through our character, actions, and daily life. It is NOT easy, but so worth it. We are unconditionally loved by God and he desires for us to be fully human in Him, and remove our false self. I pray this for all my brothers and sisters in Christ.
"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."
I have a few plans for next year, but am wide open. I am currently in rehearsal for a production of Oedipus the king, which has been life changing and so wonderful to work on. The performances are in February 2018. You don't want to miss it!
I am planning another concert, and re-evaluating who I am as an artist and developing another concert. There is always room for growth and change in every aspect of our lives. Really, that IS living. I have many passions and ideas of what I could do next, and I know next year that will become more clear. So stay tuned!
As we take the time this season to reflect on Christ’s birth, may you be reminded that in Christ you have the ultimate riches and love. His word “is like a deep, deep mine; and jewels rich and rare are hidden in its mighty depths for every searcher there.” (Edwin Hodder, hymn Thy Word Is Like a Garden, Lord, 1855)
Blessings to you and your loved ones,