Lately I’ve been reading Jedidiah Jenkin’s collection of travel chapters, To Shake the Sleeping Self. It’s a story that, in between what’s happening on his journey, leans into what it means to get up and out from what you’ve always known. Not just faith but any ideology. Any “truth” you’ve set onto solid ground because quite frankly, you didn’t know not to. He defines sin and culture and experience in ways I’ve never understood before, in the same language as he describes the winding roads of Oregon, Mexico, and the entire South American continent. It’s exhausting to read, but the good kind. The kind that makes you feel way more connected to other humans when you’re done for the day.
Reading about journeys like these and experiencing them in my own small ways keeps God close by, for me. Because when I feel God, I feel outside my routine and my idols and my small fears in the best ways. Getting up. Getting out. Going away and then coming back. Realizing that clouds block clear sky and questioning what clouds I have set my sights pointed toward as “truth.”
Friend, God has big plans for you. He has so many exciting adventures for you to feel your heart bounce at the idea of. He has struggles headed your way, but it’s okay. They’re there to bring you back to Him. And (as I always remember on every flight I take), the light’s always there. Sometimes it’s hidden, sometimes it’s brighter than other times, but it’s there. And if you can’t rise above to meet it, praise anyways, because He already did.
Hi, I'm Chlo.
I've been writing and reading and all the storytelling things since I learned as a kid that if you fold and staple construction paper together, it sort of looks like a real book. I have always craved soul serving stories- ones that melt like butter in your mind as you hear your heart explained out loud.
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